The Educational Relevance of Gymnastics Skills: Teachers’ Appraisals

María Alejandra Ávalos Ramos

María Ángeles Martínez Ruiz

Gladys Merma Molina

*Corresponding author: María Alejandra Ávalos Ramos sandra.avalos@ua.es

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Ávalos Ramos, M. A., Martínez Ruiz, M. A., & Merma Molina, G. (2015). The Educational Relevance of Gymnastics Skills: Teachers’ Appraisals. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 121, 28-35. https://doi.org/10.5672/apunts.2014-0983.es.(2015/3).121.04

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Abstract

This research analyses the educational values that physical education teachers feel the teaching of gymnastic and acrobatic skills promotes. In addition, it investigates which types of activities they believe to be the most appropriate as regards the values and benefits they offer. The study employs a qualitative approach and AQUAD 6 software is used to analyse the data. The results reveal that the participants perceive that gymnastics activities promote personal and social values and skills such as self-esteem, confidence, cooperation, and team work, amongst others. The participants identify Acrosport as the activity which offers most opportunities for the development of pupils’ abilities during learning. Teachers’ reflections could contribute to a much needed awareness, and prevent the disappearance of this discipline from school curriculums, as well as contributing to a rethinking of specific initial training.

Keywords: Abilities, Gymnastic and Acrobatic Skills, Learning, Physical Education.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Received: August 11, 2014

Accepted: February 3, 2015

Published: July 1, 2015