Service-Learning Methodology in Physical Education

Carlos Capella Peris

Jesús Gil Gómez

Manuel Martí Puig

*Corresponding author: Jesús Gil Gómez

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Capella Peris, C., Gil Gómez, J., & Martí Puig, M. (2014). Service-Learning Methodology in Physical Education. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 116, 33-43.



This paper presents the results of original research conducted with students doing the Motor Games course on the Infant Teacher Degree programme at Jaume I University which uses service-learning (SL) methodology. Direct services were provided to children with disabilities. We used life stories as a research tool to determine whether they developed practical skills and academic content in the field of physical education (PE) teaching. We also sought to verify whether the use of SL promotes students’ critical and reflective capacity. After analysing the interviews we obtained four categories of academic results: general aspects, teaching practice learning, the beneficial effects of teaching and constructive opinions and criticism. Finally we conclude that SL training programmes are useful for developing practical skills and academic content in the field of PE and also for promoting a critical and reflective attitude on the part of students.

Keywords: Critical and Reflective Attitude, Life Stories, Physical Education, Service Learning.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Received: January 25, 2013

Accepted: November 22, 2013

Published: April 1, 2014