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Celebrating 40 Years of Teaching Games For Understanding

Gambles, Ellen-Alyssa, Griffin, Linda, Pill, Shane, Gutierrez, David, Ovens, Alan and Koekoek, Jeroen (2022) Celebrating 40 Years of Teaching Games For Understanding. Physical Education Matters, 17 (1). pp. 18-20.

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2022 marked the 40th anniversary of the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) model, a game-based approach (GBA) proposed by David Bunker and Rod Thorpe (A Model for Teaching of Games in Secondary Schools, Bulletin of Physical Education, 1982). TGfU is a learner-centred pedagogy that advances overall game competence via the implementation of modified games to promote enjoyment and continued involvement. Bunker and Thorpe’s six step Curriculum Model encourages pupils participation in the decision-making and problem-solving processes that are presented by a game (Bunker & Thorpe, 1982). This article sought to educate and inform practitioners by presenting a historical background of the development of TGfU and GBAs and detailing the activities of the AIESEP TGfU Special Interest Group (TGfU SIG).

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Depositing User: Ellen Gambles


Item ID: 17361
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Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2024 10:19
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2024 10:19


Author: Ellen-Alyssa Gambles ORCID iD
Author: Shane Pill ORCID iD
Author: David Gutierrez ORCID iD
Author: Alan Ovens ORCID iD
Author: Linda Griffin
Author: Jeroen Koekoek

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