The inaugural 2010 GoFPEP founded by Prof. Dr. Christopher R. Edginton and Prof. Dr. Ming-kai Chin was conceived as a global “think tank” designed to rethink, reform and reframe physical education pedagogy. Awareness raising, identity re-branding, and strategy re-adjustment continue to be the key components of the forum’s focus to foster field change.
“Revitalizing Health and Physical Education Through Technology” was the theme of GoFPEP 2010 held in Grundy Center, Iowa (USA). The University of Northern Iowa and Grundy Center Community Schools sponsored the event which included 70 invited distinguished delegates from 25 countries and 64 universities, and garnered the endorsement of numerous states, national and international organizations.
“A Statement of Consensus” summarizing physical education pedagogy and teacher preparation was an achievement of GoFPEP 2010, published in 20 languages and over 30 professional journals. Additionally The Global Journal of Health and Physical Education Pedagogy established itself as a new journal inspiring an emergent book series. The March, 2014, publication of “Physical Education and Health: Global Perspectives and Best Practice” is a crowning forum outcome, with an unprecedented collaboration of 109 leading educators, researchers, scholars, and professionals representing 67 universities, institutions, and schools.
“Revitalizing Health & Physical Education Through Community Based Networking” was the theme of GoFPEP 2012, held in Velen, Germany, at the Sportschloss Valen and HCSC Andreas School, Willibald Gebhardt Research Institute, Essen, Germany. Prof. Dr. Roland Naul organized the forum which highlighted contextual models of community-based and technology-driven integration modes and teacher preparation. All continents were covered in GoFPEP 2012, with 70 distinguished scholars representing 46 countries from the various perspectives of researchers, administrators, community leaders, and practitioners in physical education, sport, health, leisure, exercise science, medical science, and technology.
Recommendations from the GoFPEP 2012 centered on innovative strategies for physical education pedagogy and community networking, and perceived support for building a global health network. Unilateral response was the need for physical education reform, increased parent and community engagement and program linkage, utilization of technology, development of student-centered learning modules, and establishing a global framework to share new techniques and best field practices.
The University of North-West in Potchefstroom, South Africa, hosted GoFPEP 2014, under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Hans de Ridder. “Health and Physical Education Pedagogy: Promoting Global Best Practice” was the forum’s theme, with 86 distinguished delegates invited from 48 countries and regions throughout the world including Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Latin America, Middle East, Oceania, and North America.
GoFPEP is unique for being elementary and secondary school centric, with the scaffold focus back to the university, and not the reverse which is typically the practice. GoFPEP has distinguished itself as an interdisciplinary exchange of best practices, comprehensive dialog invoking diverse perspectives, and international network exchange.
GoFPEP 2016 is scheduled to be held at the University of Hacettepe, Turkey, under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Gıyasettin Demirhan. “Technology, Networking and Best Practice in Physical Education and Health: Local to Global” projected theme brings the forum’s emphasis full circle by consolidating and effectively integrating ideas discussed during the infrastructure building of GOFPEP 2010, 2012 and 2014 rather than risking diluting the forum’s potency by splintering off into a new focus direction. We are excited that 31 young graduate students and scholars will join the 120 invited delegates from 67 countries as designated school and community health ambassadors as the profession and GoFPEP’s true Future Leaders.