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AffecT Affectivity in Teaching:
Collective & reflective professional development in Physical Education


March 2023 – October 2025


Continuous Professional Development of Teachers

Education level involved

Primary and Secondary Education


affectivity, teaching

The aim of the present project is to inquire into the pedagogical challenges that emerge during teachers’ effort to adopt an action research approach for designing and implementing an affect-based curriculum for promoting students’ learning and engagement.

Project context

Approximately 20 specialist Physical Education (PE) teachers from Greece, France, Spain and Italy (five per country) will participate in the project. During the project, participants will be supported and facilitated by teacher educators in their country, who have experience in the field. At the beginning of the project, PE teachers will attend three online workshops (specifically developed by the research team in the form of short MOOCs) so as to be introduced to (a) the principles of action research, (b) the concept of quality teaching, and (c) the concept of affectivity. Afterwards, each group of PE teachers will implement a 12-week action research project in their schools. During the action research projects PE teachers will be supported by teacher educators in their country and will also interact with their colleagues in other countries via a specifically set-up online community of practice.

Project objectives

  1. To train PE teachers in the principles of action research
  2. To introduce PE teachers to the basics of quality teaching
  3. To bring PE teachers together to design a model/prototype for implementing action research as a means for promoting students’ affectivity.
  4. To create a European Community of Practice for PE teachers
  5. To connect Universities and Schools via action research

Methodological perspective

1- Prior to the beginning of the action research projects in each country, the research team developed three online workshops in the form of short MOOCs and pilot tesedt them with PE teachers affiliated with an international association.
2- After the pilot testing, PE teachers in each country were given a month to attend asynchonously the online workshops.
3- At the start of the action research project and during a period of 12 weeks PE teachers will implement their own action research porjects in their schools and interact online with other PE teachers and teacher educators via a specifically online community of practice. Teacher reflection journals, vignettes and critical observations will be used for data collection during this period.
4- At the end of the action research projects, PE teachers from all participating countries will participate in focus-group interviews will take place in each country.
5. – Throughout the project memos from communication between the research team, as well as communication in the online Community of Practice will also be used as qualitative data.

Project leaders

  • DANIA Aspasia (National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
  • IMPEDOVO Maria Antonietta (Aix-Marseille University)
  • PSEGIANNAKI Aikaterini Evangelia (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
  • CAPOZZA Viviana (Sapienza ROMA)

Other partners

  • VORS Olivier (Aix-Marseille University)
  • JOSE ALVAREZ BARRIO Maria (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
  • KOROVILA Dimitria (National & Kapodistrian University of Athens)
  • del RIO DIEGUEZ Maria ((Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
  • MASTROLIA Alfonsina (Sapienza ROMA) 
  • LO PRESTI Veronica (Sapienza ROMA)


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