Physical education professionals and students representing 23 countries around the globe 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. This is the first world conference to focus on issues relating to the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGFU) approach to sport and games.
The conference will explore ways TGFU 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.
“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. Kirk was presented with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President’s Prize on April 24 for the impact his research, scholarship and program development has made in youth sport. Former IOC President Juan Antonio Sammaranch presented the award.
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