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Observation Criteria for Physical Education Teachers to Identify Gifted Children through Invasion Games

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Department of Music, Arts and Physical Education Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, Camino Pozuelo s/n, University of Castilla-La Mancha, 16071 Cuenca, Spain
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Albacete Balompié S.A.D., Prolongación de la Avenida de España s/n, 02006 Albacete, Spain
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Department of Music, Arts and Physical Education Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, Plaza de la Universidad 3, University of Castilla-La Mancha, 02001 Albacete, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(23), 4830; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16234830
Received: 1 November 2019 / Revised: 27 November 2019 / Accepted: 29 November 2019 / Published: 1 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sports and Health)
Whilst in other curriculum subjects, it exists observation criteria to detect gifted pupils, there is a paucity of information in Physical Education. For that reason, we aimed to reveal the observation criteria for identifying gifted pupils in Physical Education in an invasion game. Physical Education (PE) talent was evaluated combining results of questionnaire to experts, parents, and students. A validated nomination scale (NSIFT) and the Game Performance Evaluation Tool (GPET) were used. The research approach used in this study was transversal, descriptive, and inferential. The talent pool was composed of 18 gifted pupils aged 8–14 (Mage = 11.67, SD = 1.53). The results showed that the most discriminating criteria to identify PE talent were found to be precocity in both execution and decision-making in the acquisition of tactical principles and tactical-technical skills. Getting free was the skill that they best mastered. In conclusion, the importance of tactical principles and decision-making as observation criteria is emphasized. Future studies should focus on developing mentoring programs in Physical Education. View Full-Text
Keywords: gifted children; motor ability; talent identification; Physical Education; athletic talent gifted children; motor ability; talent identification; Physical Education; athletic talent
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Prieto-Ayuso, A.; Pastor-Vicedo, J.C.; González-Víllora, S.; Contreras-Jordán, O. Observation Criteria for Physical Education Teachers to Identify Gifted Children through Invasion Games. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4830.

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