David Gutierrez is a lecturer at the Faculty of Education in Ciudad Real (Universidad of Castilla-la Mancha), with expertise in sport pedagogy and games teaching. He studied at the National Institute of Physical Education in Madrid, from 1992 to1997, and received his PhD from the Universidad de Castilla-la Mancha in 2008. His PhD research focused on the development of tactical knowledge in school-aged children. As part of his PhD studies, David was invited to Kent State University, where he served one semester as visiting professor with Dr. Judy Oslin and Dr. Stephen Mitchell. Later he has also served as visiting professor two months in the university of Le Mans (Faculté des Sciences et Techniques du Mans - S.T.A.P.S: Sciences et Techniques des Activités Physiques et Sportives) and one week in the
. He has taught physical education at secondary-school level and university levels since 1998 and has conducted several workshops. He has published several research papers both in Spanish and English and coauthored several books and chapters on the games centered approach (GCA) and on Sport Pedagogy. As part of a research group (EDAF. http://www.uclm.es/grupo/edaf/), David continues to investigate and promote GCA and Sport Education models. He was co-organizer of the first seminar for GCA experts in Spain, April 2009. Recently David has been awarded with his first six-year-research-period, which assesses scientific publications during a period of six years and that is a requisite for academic promotion in Spanish public Universities. As member of the department of Physical Education, David is also member of the AIESEP, and has assisted regularly, since the conference celebrated in 2002 in A Coruna (Spain), to the AISEP international conference and also to the TGFU seminars.
(Co-representing Spain for a one-year term as agreed by SIG executive)
I am currently Head of the Physical Education (PE) Department at a Secondary School in Murcia (Spain). I completed my PhD in 2004 looking at the PE curriculum in Spain. I have an interest in teaching and researching about Physical Education and Sports. I grew up in Australia and I am bilingual (Certificate of Proficiency- University of Cambridge). I am active in training Primary and Secondary School teachers, supervising pre-service teacher education students in schools and in-service professional development. I now collaborate with the University of Murcia (Spain) and have attended many Congresses presenting in the last years. I am entitled of Sports Coaching Qualifications and have been in charged of Sport Education at different levels, being now the Head of Sports at my school and the Director of Studies at the Murcia Triathlon Federation Coach School. I am a member of the National Association for PE teachers in-service.
I am an active member of the college graduates and practicing teachers in Spain (National Association for PE teachers in-service). I have been invited to give presentations and workshops related to Physical Education and Sports around the country in different environments: sports, teacher education and coach education. I have collaborated with different universities (University of Murcia, Polythenic University of Madrid, Autonomous University of Madrid) and also have been part of examination PhD panels. At this moment, I am part of a research team at The School of Education, The University of Murcia connected with Primary and Secondary teachers in the Autonomous Community of Murcia. I also have been involved in professional development for teachers who want to improve their practise inspiring them and supporting Physical Education advisors in local authorities. I am convinced that that I am in the position to make teachers reflect and analyze their daily practice and introduce them to this new approach of Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU). It is my belief I am able to provide avenues for teacher educators, teachers and coaches to share ideas, knowledge and pedagogical approaches to teaching and coaching games in the physical education and coaching contexts. In this sense, I will encourage physical educators to engage and embrace with TGfU and make them understand the important role they have in changing sport pedagogy. Being a Physical Educator myself is an important advantage due to the direct contact I have with teachers and their reality of teaching. Consequently, I will contribute to incorporate TGfU in the physical education curriculum. On the other hand, I am an innovative person well related to Spanish sport institutions. I demonstrate network skills and will de able to establish cooperation with national organizing bodies for PE and sport and connect with other advisory board members within the same continent. I have a sense of responsibility, organization, being also quite open to others and their ideas. I am creative, enthusiastic and flexible. I am confident that I can assiduously carry out the responsibilities of this position through my strong organizational skills and my ability to work independently as well as in team situation. Moreover, I regularly attend different conferences in Spain and other countries (AIESEP Congress, ICESMIS, TGfU seminar conference, etc.). Finally, I am familiar with on-line forums and video conferences. I will try my best to promote the development of teaching and coaching games and games principles based on TGfU.
1) Include the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) curriculum model in the National Curriculum guidelines at all levels of education (TGfU located within the curriculum).
2) Incorporate TGfU in teacher training and in professional development of Physical Education teachers and ensure that in-service and pre-service teachers have useful experiences to participate and implement the TGfU model.
3) Promote the TGfU curriculum model through training programs, practical workshops, presentations to teachers, strong TGfU programmes, meaningful learning units, approaches to practice related research, virtual learning and compilations of TGfU curriculum resources.
4) Target at coaches from all sectors, particularly children sports coaching: coach education courses, interview coaches, observe practices and analyse games, adoption of new coaching pedagogies, develop the coaches´ understanding of constructivist pedagogy….
5) Impulse and continue with the use of the International TGfU web site: collaborative network to promote participation from professionals at all levels and share information, practice, research, provide support and assist with quality pedagogical practice in teaching and coaching.
6) Develop a list of academic journals that publish peer-reviewed articles on game-centered approaches.
7) Utilize TGfU to promote sport for girls.
8) Promote “inventing games” as an extension of the TGfU curriculum model.
9) Carry on with research that identifies educational values of physical educators who have embraced TGfU to understand educational foundation beliefs on TGfU and the trends that will determine the future of games education.
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