The Nursery Education Students Training in Physical Education in Greek Universities

By Aggeliki Tsapakidou, Giannis Arvanitakis and Aggeliki Mavroudi.

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Physical education constitutes a basic activity at Nursery School. From 1896 until today all the syllabuses refer to Physical Education as a basic activity in the daily program of the Nursery School.
A child develops with games and with exercise not only physically but mentally, socio-emotionally and psychokinetically. The purpose of PE is for children to learn to move and to gain knowledge through movement. The most recent syllabus of DEPSS refers to physical education that is associated with rhythm, with individual expression and dancing, as well as the commencement of children mimicking sport. We can claim that the educational process has offered some although not enough opportunities for nursery school teachers to be updated. We have to point out though that special emphasis needs to be given to the fundamental studies of future nursery school teachers with superior proficiency in subjects related to physical education. And it is from this perspective that we consider that the nine Pedagogic Departments for Nursery School teachers in Greece should offer one or more lessons related to physical education. It is a basic precondition for all the Pre School Educational Departments – to pursue international developments in the specific field and to give the opportunity to future educators to realise its importance and to include it in their educational activities. In this project we will endeavour to present the position of physical education in the Educational Programs of the PTDE of the country.

Keywords: Physical Education, Curicullum, Music, Educational Programs, Nursery School Teachers, Child Develop, Universities

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp.241-246. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 504.179KB).

Dr. Aggeliki Tsapakidou

Assistant Professor, Nursery Education Dept., University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Greece

Aggeliki Tsapakidou is currently an Assistant Professor of Physical Education in the Department of Preschool Education of the University of Westren Macedonia in Greece. She holds a PhD from the Faculty of Physical Education of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. Her research interests include psychokinetic, rythm with emphasis in the field of socio-emotional activities. She has published several papers in Greek and international scientific journals.

Giannis Arvanitakis

Pedagogic School, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Greece

Giannis Arvanitakis has studied Informatics at the University of Macedonia Thessaloniki. He is currently working as an informatics teacher at the University of Western Macedonia, Greece, where he teaches Creativity and New Technology and he is a post graduate student at the Nursery education dept. at the Western Macedonia University.

Aggeliki Mavroudi

Post Graduate Student, Nursery Education Department, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Greece

Aggeliki Mavroudi was born at Itea Florinas (Greece). She has a bachelor degree in Nursery Education from the Pedagogic Academy of Thessaloniki and she is also a postgraduate student in the dept of Nursery Education in Western Macedonia University.

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