João Costa

João Costa
University College Cork | UCC · School of Education

PhD in Educational Sciences - Teacher Education
Lecturer in Education (Sport Pedagogy) / B.Ed. (Hons) Sports Studies and Physical Education. UCC

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Introduction
João Costa currently works at the School of Education, University College Cork (Ireland). João does research in Educational Leadership, Didactics and Teacher Education. He is reviewer for European Journal of Teacher Education, International Journal of Sport Psychology, and Boletim da Sociedade Portuguesa de Educação Física. Currently, he is Co-PI of the Erasmus+ funded project European Physical Education Observatory, Vice-President of the Physical Education Portuguese Society, and Substitute Representative of the Southern Region in the European Physical Education Association.
Additional affiliations
August 2017 - present
University College Cork
Position
  • Lecturer
April 2017 - July 2017
University of Lisbon
Position
  • Professor
October 2016 - March 2017
University of Lisbon
Position
  • Manager
Education
September 2009 - March 2015
University of Lisbon
Field of study
  • Educational Sciences - Teacher Education
September 2003 - July 2008
Technical University of Lisbon
Field of study
  • Sports Sciences - Physical Education and School Sports

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Publications (62)
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The coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic has given rise to significant global challenges across education, and specifically in the physical education teacher education (PETE) community. Students attending teacher education programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic have experienced an abrupt and unprecedented pedagogical transition from a face-to-face...
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In Ireland, physical education (PE) in the first three years of second level (12-15 years) is taught within the broader program area of Wellbeing, which necessarily influences the aims and objectives which need to be achieved. Within this context, Y-PATH PE4Me is proposed as an underpinning curriculum model to serve as an appropriate and valuable g...
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In Ireland, physical education (PE) in the first three years of second level (12–15 years) is taught within the broader program area of Wellbeing, which necessarily influences the aims and objectives which need to be achieved. Within this context, Y-PATH PE4Me is proposed as an underpinning curriculum model to serve as an appropriate and valuable g...
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The COVID-19 pandemic impacted adolescents' lives, leading to unprecedented changes in their routines, especially in education. Face-to-face physical education (PE) classes during COVID-19 were affected in organization, possibly conditioning students' participation, motivation and learning. Based on the achievement goal and self-determination theor...
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In the past years, the European Physical Education Association (EUPEA) investigated the quality of Physical Education (PE) and School Sport (SS) on several occasions from different perspectives, presented and published as the antecedents of the European Physical Education Observatory (EuPEO) funded by the Erasmus+ Sport programme. Partners from nin...
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Listening to adolescents' voices has been important to promote meaningful physical activity (PA) opportunities. Therefore, an updated systematic review of the available qualitative literature on adolescents' perspectives on the barriers and facilitators of PA was conducted, according to Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Anal...
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A growing body of literature examines the relationship between physical activity (PA) with executive functions (EF) and academic achievement in children and adolescents. The present study aimed at examining how multiple components in a whole-school PA policy intervention in a primary school setting affected the EF (i.e. working memory and inhibitio...
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O Projeto EuPEO irá servir de estrutura à plataforma do futuro Observatório Europeu de Educação Física (EuPEO), colmatando as lacunas que existem entre: orientações; os conceitos aplicados para a monitorização e a avaliação; a articulação entre os setores do des-porto, saúde e educação; e entre diferentes conjuntos de indicadores de qualidade da ed...
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Purpose: Research continuously reports a close connection between Physical Activity (PA) and its effect on pupils' Executive Functions (EF). Thus, the purpose of the present study was to expand previous knowledge and examine the acute effects on the EF-working memory and inhibition-in two primary level class cohorts (4th class: n = 20 students, mea...
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The present study, using a sample of Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) representatives from five Higher Education European institutions (England, Finland, Greece, Ireland, and Portugal) sought to investigate the proposed measures of change required for programme delivery during the academic year of 2020-21. Each team completed a SWOT (str...
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Given the need for comparative research on the participation of adolescents in physical education (PE) classes as a privileged space for physical activity (PA) promotion, this study sought to estimate, analyse and compare the prevalence of participation in PE classes among adolescents from 54 countries and to examine sex, age, country income and wo...
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Comparable and cross-national research is needed to examine students’ views on the role of physical education (PE) in promoting active and healthy lifestyles, particularly in non-English speaking contexts. Thus, the present study aims to investigate and compare the views of middle school students from four European countries towards PE, considering...
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Comparable and cross-national research is needed to examine students' views on the role of physical education (PE) in promoting active and healthy lifestyles, particularly in non-English speaking contexts. Thus, the present study aims to investigate and compare the views of middle school students from four European countries towards PE, considering...
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There appears to be a lack of existing data that comprehensively summarizes the evidence of children and adolescents' active travel in the Republic of Ireland. In lieu of this, a scoping review was conducted to map the existing literature (2000-2020) on children and adolescents' active travel in the Republic of Ireland. A scoping review design extr...
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Introdução O objetivo deste trabalho é apresentar os dados preliminares sobre a perceção dos alunos relativamente à flexibilização curricular na disciplina de educação física, obtidos na aplicação piloto do EuPEO Pupils Questionaire (EPQ). O EPQ faz parte do Toolkit Monitorização Interna (TIM), desenvolvido no campo de ação do projeto European Phy...
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Introdução : O objetivo deste trabalho é apresentar os dados preliminares sobre a perceção dos alunos relativamente à flexibilização curricular na disciplina de educação física, obtidos na aplicação piloto do EuPEO Pupils Questionaire (EPQ). O EPQ faz parte do Toolkit Monitorização Interna (TIM), desenvolvido no campo de ação do projeto European Ph...
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A Educação Física tem sido destacada como a única disciplina curricular cujo foco combina o corpo e a competência física com a aprendizagem e comunicação baseadas em valores, constituindo-se como uma via de aprendizagem e desenvolvimento de competências necessárias para o sucesso no século XXI. São exemplos de competências desenvolvidas por via de...
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Atualmente, pela Europa, verificam-se avanços significativos no desenvolvimento da Educação Física (EF) desde o seu enquadramento curricular, passando pelos objetivos inscritos nos currículos e respetivas estratégias de avaliação, até às condições das escolas para desenvolvimento do currículo. Ao mesmo tempo, não existe um sistema validado de monit...
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Introduction: A growing body of literature examines the relationship between physical activity (PA) with cognitive functions and academic achievement in children and adolescents (Donnelly et al., 2016). Centrally to this study, research supports models conceiving the executive functions (EF) as an explaining mechanism of the relationship between ch...
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Children’s motor competence is known to have a determinant role in learning and engaging later in complex motor skills and, thus, in physical activity. The development of adequate motor competence is a central aim of physical education, and assuring that pupils are learning and developing motor competence depends on accurate assessment protocols. T...
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Motor competence (MC) development is an essential aim of physical education (PE) (Herrmann, 2015), and is recognized as the ABC of physical activity and sport (Stodden et al., 2008). For example, children with limited development in MC (e.g. running, catching objects) are likely to have more difficulties in complex motor skills (e.g. running with o...
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Apesar da evidência sobre os benefícios da atividade física (AF) na saúde, muitos adolescentes continuam a apresentar níveis reduzidos de AF, especialmente as raparigas. Conhecer os níveis de AF dos adolescentes nos diversos contextos de prática é fundamental para a promoção de estilos de vida mais ativos. Este estudo tem como objetivo analisar, em...
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Motor competence (MC) development is an essential aim of physical education (PE) (Herrmann, 2015), and is recognized as the ABC of physical activity and sport (Stodden et al., 2008). For example, children with limited development in MC (e.g. running, catching objects) are likely to have more difficulties in complex motor skills (e.g. running with o...
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Marco teórico: Las habilidades motoras (CM) básicas es un objetivo central de la educación física y son reconocidas como fundamentales para la alfabetización física de los niños y jóvenes. Una evaluación adecuada del nivel de desarrollo de las CM es esencial para una adecuada intervención en el proceso de aprendizaje de los alumnos. Recientemente h...
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Enquadramento teórico: As competências motoras (CM) básicas constituem um objetivo central da Educação Física, sendo reconhecidas como fundamentais para a literacia física das crianças e jovens. Uma adequada avaliação do nível de desenvolvimento das CM é essencial para uma correta intervenção no processo de aprendizagem dos alunos. Recentemente foi...
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A atividade física (AF) pode assumir um papel fundamental no estilo de vida do indivíduo por estar positivamente associada à saúde e bem-estar. Para que as crianças e adolescentes possam beneficiar a sua saúde a OMS (2010) recomenda a prática diária de 1 hora de atividade física com intensidade moderada a vigorosa (AFMV). O objetivo foi analisar, n...
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Este estudo desenvolveu-se no âmbito de um projeto internacional sobre a socialização dos professores e a promoção de estilos de vida ativos da REAFES, e procurou comparar as perspetivas de iniciantes de cursos iniciais de educação física (1o ano da licenciatura) com alunos finalistas (do 1o ano de mestrado) em relação às suas perceções sobre as fi...
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Os estudos sobre a identidade do professor de Educação Física (EF) têm-se focado no final da formação inicial, embora a investigação evidencie maior resistência à mudança nas crenças formadas precocemente. Assim, no âmbito de um projecto internacional sobre a socialização dos professores e a promoção de estilos de vida ativos (REAFES), este estudo...
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No âmbito do estudo da identidade dos professores de Educação Física (EF) é escassa a literatura sobre as perceções dos estudantes na formação inicial em relação aos objetivos educacionais (Shulman, 1986). Integrado num projeto internacional sobre a socialização dos professores e a promoção de estilos de vida ativos da REAFES, e reconhecendo o pote...
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No âmbito de um projeto mais amplo e internacional desenvolvido pela REAFES sobre a socialização dos professores e a promoção de estilos de vida ativos, e reconhecendo que as mulheres tendem a enfrentar maiores dificuldades de acesso a uma EF de qualidade, assim como a apresentarem níveis mais baixos de actividade física (UNESCO, 2015), este estudo...
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A controvérsia na investigação sobre a educação dos treinadores indica que o desenvolvimento e a sua aprendizagem profissional tende a ocorrer maioritariamente na experiência prática, mesmo nos casos que passam por uma etapa de formação inicial estruturada. As experiências e conteúdos de aprendizagem são elementos essenciais na aprendizagem e const...
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This study examines physical education pre-service teachers’ (PTs) self-efficacy and practicum experiences as self-efficacy sources through a mixed-method approach. For the quantitative phase, a self-efficacy questionnaire was applied to 141 PTs. Results showed a stronger self-efficacy in the relationship with students and discipline promotion. Low...
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The controversy on coach education partly arises from evidence showing that coaches’ knowledge construction, despite their initial education, tends to occur mainly with practical experience.Their learning experiences and contents represent essential elements to their knowledge construction that still need further enlightenment, especially consideri...
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INTRODUCTION The sets of principles and practices framing the collaborative work of school-based Physical Education Subject Departments (PESD) are not clear. This compromises the ecological validity and effectiveness of initiatives seeking to address latest endorsements from research in PE Continuous Professional Development (PE-CPD), towards colla...
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INTRODUCTION Despite the growing interest in Physical Education (PE) teacher identity throughout different professional stages and functions (Dowling, 2011), little research has explored the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) students’ understanding of educational purposes (Shulman, 1986) as part of developing their professional identity. We explored...
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The study of the conditions that enhance teaching and learning in physical education needs to consider more consistently and explicitly the evidences of a mesosystem established between the ecologies of the subject department’s collaborative work and those of their lessons. Specifically, the understanding of how the subject department can enhance t...
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Our research (Costa, Onofre, & Martins M., 2011, 2012; Costa, Onofre, Martins M., Marques, & Martins J., 2013), being conducted in the discovery mode, seeks to contribute to the scientific advance of PE-CPD research as it has been using the PLC model to identify, describe and understand the collaborative dynamics of effective PE subject departments...
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The potential impact of PE-CPD that integrates organisational (PLCs) and individual (classroom ecology) perspectives has remained poorly understood (Armour & Yelling, Bechtel & O?Sullivan; Lieberman & Pointer-Mace, 2009). Furthermore, the PESD as a learning community has been focused as a determinant context to promote high quality learning experie...
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As research demonstrates that integrative pedagogies induce ideal classroom environments for influencing student?s engagement, these pedagogies seem scarce in teaching practice raising questions of how and why only some teachers? develop them. Part of the answer relies on rarely responded solicitations to understand classroom ecologies attending to...
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Research into teachers’ self-efficacy shows its relationship with the efficacy of their teaching. According to Bandura (1997) these beliefs are created throughout four sources: mastery experience, verbal persuasion, vicarious experience, and physiological and emotional states. This study identified and analyzed teacher training experiences as sourc...
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Research in Physical Education (PE) has been focusing Professional Learning Communities (PLC) as a model that favors teaching quality, in the perspective of students’ success, as well as an academically integrated Students’ Social Agenda (SSA) within the Classroom Ecology Management (CEM). In Portugal, PLC research has been residual, lacking studie...
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This study, already underway, aims to contribute to enrich the international perspective of the PLC model, specifically in PE research on the collective work, and integrating that model with the ecological paradigm of classroom study. Therefore, this integration of models addresses the relationship between the school meso-system with the classroom...
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The purpose of this study was to examine the importance given by children to physical activity (PA) and its relationship with the practice of formal PA as well as the perception of parents' participation. A total of 416 boys and 386 girls aged between 10 and 12 y, participated in the study. Data was collected using a questionnaire used on internati...
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Physical activity levels and determinants to practice according to age in girls that attended Portuguese public schools João Martins, Adilson Marques, Hugo Sarmento, Maria Martins, João Costa, Marcos Onofre & Francisco Carreiro da Costa Faculty of Human Kinetics, Technical University of Lisbon Introduction: The percentage of children and adolesc...
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O planeamento de treino desportivo é entendido como um processo que, define e sistematiza as diferentes operações inerentes à construção e desenvolvimento dos praticantes. Organiza-as em função das finalidades, objectivos e previsões, quer a curta, média ou longa distância, escolhendo-se as decisões que visem o máximo de eficácia e funcionalidade d...

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LINK: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph/special_issues/promoting_physical_acativity Dear Colleagues, The health benefits of a physically active lifestyle are well established. Nevertheless, adolescents, adults, and older adults worldwide present high levels of physical inactivity. In most countries, inactivity levels have been stable, or their reduction too slow. With physical inactivity representing an increased risk for health issues, urgent action is needed to effectively promote physically active and healthy lifestyles. In this regard, research seeking to further understand the multiple influences of diverse types of physical activity (PA) is important to design specific evidence-based PA interventions. In this Special Issue, we look forward to receiving high-quality original research studies (e.g., longitudinal, randomized control trials; mixed-methods; qualitative; cross-sectional; systematic reviews and meta-analyses) focused on all forms of PA in different contexts (e.g., in leisure time, at work, at school, in the household, active transportation) across all population subgroups in diverse cultural contexts, related (but not limited) to the following topics: 1) Links between PA, health outcomes, and quality of life; 2) Prevalence of and trends in PA; 3) Correlates and determinants of PA; 4) Interventions, effective strategies, and best practices to promote PA; 5) Physical education, school-based PA, and healthy lifestyle promotion; 6) Youth and adult experiences, perspectives, and recommendations on PA; 7) Translation of research into public health actions to promote PA. Dr. João Martins (Guest Editor) Dr. João Costa (Assistant Guest Editor) Manuscript Submission Information Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI. Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions. Keywords physical activity physical education correlates determinants interventions health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA) health lifestyle Published Papers This special issue is now open for submission.
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This project includes research related to the promotion of active and healthy lifestyles among adolescents