Teachers’ use of teaching games for understanding in central Spain
García-López, L.M., Gutiérrez, D., Sánchez-Mora, D., & Harvey, S. (2019). Teachers’ use of teaching games for understanding in central Spain. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. https://doi.org/10.1080/17408989.2019.1628931
The research of game-centered approaches (GCAs) has grown in recent years, nonetheless, it is still unclear how much of GCAs features are applied in Physical Education (PE). García López, Gutiérrez, Sánchez-Mora and Harvey (2019) in their article “Teachers’ use of teaching games for understanding in central Spain”, analysed which TGfU’s elements have been added to lessons by teachers in PE. Participants were 199 teachers (129 teachers belonged to Primary School and 70 teachers belonged to Secondary School) from a central region of Spain. Data were collected using an ad hoc questionnaire.
Their results are based on three research questions:
The results of this study seem to show that despite teachers do not implement the “full version” of TGfU, they perceive the importance of most of its features, and therefore, implement the model in PE. Nevertheless, despite the importance of this finding, the quality of the implementation is not clarified, as well as the reason for its use. Furthermore, there seems to be an unequal use in the educational stages in Spain. These results open some future lines of research focused on finding out the causes of inequality between educational stages and checking the quality of the implementation of the TGfU. Finally, it seems necessary to boost the application of the full version of TGfU in PE.
Review completed by Yessica Segovia, PhD Student, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain.