Research Project on TGfU in Teacher Education just before the Finish Line
Although the basic principles of game sense models were published nearly forty years ago (Bunker & Thorpe, 1982) TGfU and related models have rarely been implemented into teacher education in Germany and Switzerland. As a consequence, lessons in Physical Education are mainly conducted by either implementing drills for skills or games, but a sensible combination as proposed by TGfU is missing.
Before that background Jürg Baumberger and Stefan König, in cooperation with their respective teams, have conducted a binational research project which aimed at analysing factors for success and for failure when teaching games in physical education. The complete research design is displayed in figure 1.
Figure 1. Research tasks (T = wave of data collection) and timeline of the project.
After a time period of nearly 18 months the Universities of Education in Weingarten and Zürich are now close to the post and are going to prepare a presentation for Worcester 2021. All in all, the results show a great deal of important things potential teachers can look at, when planning and conducting their lessons.
Heemsoth, T., Boe L., Bükers, F. & Krieger, C. (2020): Fostering pre-service teachers’ knowledge of ‘teaching games for understanding’ via videobased vs. text-based teaching examples. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, DOI:
Baumberger, J., König, S. & Bislin, S. (in print). Sportspielvermittlung: Gelingens- und Misslingensfaktoren [Teaching games: Factors for Success and Failure]. SportPraxis, 62(2).