Dr Cláudio Farias is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy (PESP) in the Faculty of Sport, University of Porto (FADEUP). He is a lecturer in the Doctoral’s (Sport Sciences), Masters’ (Physical Education; High Performance; Youth Sport), and Bachelor’s (Sport Sciences) programmes.
Cláudio has long been involved in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE), both in the UK (University of Bedfordshire) as the leader of the ‘Youth and Sport development’ SIG, and in FADEUP with extensive work developed with the implementation of game-centred approaches in schools and training of preservice teachers in game-centred approaches and other models-based practice (Cooperative Learning, Sport Education). He is a supervisor of several post-graduate students in the Doctoral’s and Master’s programmes, and while he was recently been awarded the AIESEP ‘Young scholar award’ (Edinburgh, 2018), he is also a reviewer and a well-published author in the top-five PESP journals (EPER, JTPE, SES, RQES, and PESP). In connection with extensive publications and work related to gamecentred
approaches, he has just been granted the ‘Exemplary paper Award, 2019’, from the SIG-Research on Learning and instruction in PE of the American Educational Research Association. He is a member of several international research teams in Teacher and Coach Education which were financed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology to implement student-centred PE curricula focused on game-centred approaches. Additionally, Cláudio has extensive experience in teaching PE in the elementary and secondary school and he was a youth coach in football.
Plan of Dissemination and what is happening in Portugal
At the present moment, Cláudio is a very active member of a set of professional networks linked not only to teacher education but also to the national sports coach training programmes. For example, FADEUP is ranked first of the Faculties of Sport in Portugal, and the teacher education course is the most respected and sought-after PETE program in the country. Specifically, the PETE program pursues the dissemination of the implementation of GCAs during the teaching methods units of the 1st year of the master’s in PE. In the second year, the Sport Pedagogy department provides guidance to an average of 80 preservice teachers (PSTs) each year, providing personal training and active support for PSTs’ implementation of GCA implementation in schools. In addition, within the PETE program, there is an annual active collaboration with various professional confederations of in-service teachers in the country and
the educational community in general associated with the schools that host the internships. In particular, at the final conference at the end of the school year, there is an exchange of professional experiences and dissemination by the PSTs of the instructional practices (including the GCA) that they developed during their internship year.
Moreover, FADEUP is the home of several iterations of TGfU literature, such as the Gamestep approach and the Invasion Games Competence Model. Additionally, the teacher and coach educators in FADEUP have a central role in the composition of the National Program of Coach Education. This provides guidelines to coach education at a country level. In this sense, the pedagogical principles of game-centred, TGfU approaches. Following an educational movement started more than a decade ago in the country, this praxis has increasingly been introduced in the milieu of coach education and coaching discourse and practices.