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PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND COOPERATIVE LEARNING: A PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE

 

ABSTRACT

 

This article shows a research project related to the Cooperative Learning Model, which has been conducted in the area of Physical Education in a public school in northern Spain. Specifically, the study proposal, aimed at third year of primary education [experimental group (n=15) and control group (n=16)], was based on a didactic unit on handling and interaction with moving objects. In the experimental group, the contents have revolved around the development of cooperative games and exercises lacking of competition, while in the control group, the lessons were held with a more traditional methodology based in competitive games.

The results obtained have indicated a decline in the lack of motivation of students in the experimental group. At the same time, this group has shown a high rate of satisfaction with the practice of cooperative games, exactly 100% among women and 60% among men.

 

KEY WORDS

physical education, cooperative learning, cooperative games, motivation, primary education

 

 
Journal of Sport and Health Research - 2009