Gwen Weeldenburg is an academic professional with expertise in physical education, educational design, and research. Currently affiliated with Fontys University of Applied Science as a physical education teacher educator and researcher in the School of Sport Studies, she is also pursuing a PhD at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.
Gwen's teaching and research focus on several key areas within PE, including effective game teaching, creating motivating learning environments, integrating educational technology, assessing student learning, and facilitating teacher professional development in the field of physical education.
She is the author of the Dutch book "Spelinzicht" (Weeldenburg, Zondag & De Kok; 2016; 2020) and a book chapter (Weeldenburg, Borghouts, Zondag & De Kok, 2023) in the publication "Teaching Games and Sport for Understanding" (Pill, Gambles & Griffin, 2023). In these publications, the Game Insight Approach, a learner- and game-centered pedagogy for teaching games, is explained and illustrated by numerous target-, striking/fielding-, net/wall- and invasion game activities.
In 2013, the national Network Teaching Games (NTG) was established with the aim of fostering game-based approaches in school-based physical education and sport throughout the Netherlands. The primary objective of this network is to serve as a platform for physical education teachers and sports coaches to exchange and promote best practices related to game-based approaches. To fulfill these objectives, we regularly organize conferences, masterclasses, symposia, and workshops at our university. These events provide valuable opportunities for professionals to come together, learn from one another, and collectively advance game-based approaches in the field of physical education and sport.