PSC Hosts Physical Education Conference

June 28th, 2001 by Adam

Physical education professionals from 22 countries will gather at Waterville Valley for Plymouth State College’s International Conference 2001 Teaching Games for Understanding in Physical Education and Sport on August 1 – 4. The conference will explore ways in which the TGFU approach can advance the profession by making movement and sport programs lively, effective, challenging and engaging. The program will also focus on specific educational outcomes relative to students’ personal, physical, intellectual and spiritual growth. ,

The registration deadline has been extended to June 30, 2001 to allow physical educators and directors, teachers in higher education and undergraduate students in physical education to attend this first world conference on issues relating to the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGFU) approach in sport and games. The cost of the conference is $280 (a saving of $30 over on-site registration) and information is available via the Web at ,

“This conference is different,” says Dr. Joy Butler, conference chair and associate professor of health and physical education at PSC, “because the focus of the conference is specialized. It’s about the constructivist approach to learning, which helps children to construct an understanding of games and sport developmentally. Unlike the traditional skills approach, participants construct meaning and learn from their own game play.” Butler adds that TGFU helps engage students in lifelong learning because of its cross-curricular approach. ,

Several notable professionals in the field will be making presentations, including Dr. David Kirk, professor of youth sport at Loughborough University, England,

International Conference 2001 is sponsored by the Association Internationale des Ecoles Superieures D’Education Physique, Institute for Youth Sport, National Association for Sport and Physical education and the New Hampshire Association of Health, Physical Education and Dance. For more information about the conference, Waterville Valley lodging and registration deadlines contact Dr. Joy Butler at (603) 535-2591 or visit