Jeroen Koekoek (1973) graduated from the School of Human Movement & Sports (Calo), Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Zwolle (the Netherlands) in 1995. He worked as teacher Physical Education in primary school for eight years. He studied psychology of movement science at the Faculty of Human Movement Science, VU University, Amsterdam. He is currently teaching methodology of games and coaching in practice at the Calo for teacher education in physical education. Jeroen is also PhD-candidate in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of Utrecht University, Utrecht. His research focuses on children's perceptions and the social construction of learning tasks in physical education. Jeroen currently published a book about modified sport games within TGfU settings for secondary education.
Currently, only a few TGfU members (for example, Dinant Roode from Groningen University) in the Netherlands are working with concepts of the TGfU model in their teacher education programs. On behalf of my school department I am involved with foreign developments during the last years to exchange knowledge about the modified games concept. Now I am following current international ideas, workshops, and research programs based on game centered approaches.In the Netherlands scholarly attention for the development of game centered approaches such as TGfU is lacking. From this perspective research in the field of game learning, teaching, and coaching should be established. Obviously then my research may contribute to national ideas of game learning. Since 2010 a national group of PE teachers for teacher education works together and exchanges knowledge about game learning developments and the enhancement of future PE students’ competencies. Therefore I am member of the national consultation meetings of teachers games grounded as a cooperation between six PE Teacher Education Institutes in the Netherlands (two meetings a year).
The game concepts used in curricula of my department in Zwolle has been recognized nationally which can be found in the basic goals of the PE curriculum in the Netherlands. Two basic documents (both primary and secondary education) are developed with a decisive influence of my institute. In one of these documents I have contributed to the national basic ideas of game learning and constructed game goals and demands. Furthermore, in order to get an idea of my work and my institute I give a little overview of the posters and practical sessions presented at different international (TGfU) congresses:
Koekoek, J., Walinga, W. & Dokman, I (2009). Understanding baseball in physical education: a methodical approach to enhance learning based on game-like situations. In: Hopper, T. Butler, J. & Storey, B., TGfU…simply good pedagogy: Understanding a complex challenge (pp.115-129.)Canada, PHE
In august of this year the book Sportspelen [Sportgames] has been published. In this book we tried to structure modified game concepts and game principles for secondary education in the Netherlands. Currently I am working on a English version of the book.
For more information: Koekoek, J. Dokman, I. & Walinga, W. (2011).Sportspelen. Den Haag: Boom|Lemma.
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