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The Application of the Teaching Games for Understanding in Physical Education. Systematic Review of the Last Six Years

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Department of Didactics of Musical, Artistic and Body Expression, Faculty of Education of Segovia, University of Valladolid, 40011 Segovia, Spain
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Department of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Rey Juan Carlos University, 28922 Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain
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Department of Specific Didactics, Faculty of Education, University of Burgos, 09001 Burgos, Spain
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Department of Didactics of Musical, Artistic and Body Expression, Faculty of Education of Palencia, University of Valladolid, 34004 Palencia, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(9), 3330; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093330
Received: 5 April 2020 / Revised: 28 April 2020 / Accepted: 9 May 2020 / Published: 11 May 2020
A systematic review of the research conducted on Teaching Games for Understanding in Physical Education in the last six years (2014–2019), updating and expanding with new categories the last published review by Harvey and Jarret in 2014. Four databases were used to select those articles that included information on the implementation of Teaching Games for Understanding in different educational stages. According to PRISMA guidelines and including the PICO strategy after the exclusion criteria, 12 articles were fully assessed based on eight criteria: (1) year and author; (2) country; (3) number of participants, educational level, and duration of implementation; (4) type of research; (5) curricular content; (6) purpose of the research; (7) most relevant results; and (8) learning environment. The results showed how research focuses on both primary and secondary education, primarily in short-term interventions. Quantitative, qualitative and mixed research is used almost equally, and dealt evenly with sports and games, leaving motor skills, physical abilities and body expression underrepresented. Regarding the goals of the studies, motor and cognitive learning were the most frequently assessed, focusing on improvement of game development, such as tactical aspects, decision-making, technical skills or level of physical activity. The implementation of the model is carried out in too short a time to achieve significant outcomes. This review can help researchers and practitioners conduct Teaching Games for Understanding intervention programs in primary and secondary Physical Education. They must be rigorous when they claim that they implement this pedagogical model in schools. View Full-Text
Keywords: Teaching Games for Understanding; pedagogical models; systematic review; educational research Teaching Games for Understanding; pedagogical models; systematic review; educational research
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Barba-Martín, R.A.; Bores-García, D.; Hortigüela-Alcalá, D.; González-Calvo, G. The Application of the Teaching Games for Understanding in Physical Education. Systematic Review of the Last Six Years. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3330. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093330

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Barba-Martín RA, Bores-García D, Hortigüela-Alcalá D, González-Calvo G. The Application of the Teaching Games for Understanding in Physical Education. Systematic Review of the Last Six Years. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(9):3330. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093330

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Barba-Martín, Raúl A., Daniel Bores-García, David Hortigüela-Alcalá, and Gustavo González-Calvo. 2020. "The Application of the Teaching Games for Understanding in Physical Education. Systematic Review of the Last Six Years" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 9: 3330. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093330

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