GOFPEP 2016
Hacettepe University :: Faculty of Sport Sciences ::
Welcome Messages

Message from Prof. Dr. A. Haluk ÖZEN
Rector, Hacettepe University

We will be honored to host the “4th Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy”, which will be organized between 26 and 28 May, 2016. For this purpose, I would like to say “Welcome to Turkey, Ankara and Hacettepe University” in advance to all participants.

In our age, immobility, malnutrition and gaining excessive weight affect our health, and health expenses in a negative way. One of the methods to decrease these negative effects is to give the lifelong habits of regular movement and healthy nutrition to our children and young people at schools. In this context, universities, schools, local administrations and states have many things to do in cooperation. I believe that this Forum will contribute greatly to ensure this cooperation and to find out proper and qualified practices.

I am also honored because this Forum will be held in one of the most distinguished universities of Turkey, the Hacettepe University. For this reason, I would like to thank to everybody who contributed to the efforts of holding this Forum at our university and in our country, to those who started the Global Forum, to the organization and scientific board members, and to the international guests who will attend to this Forum with self-devotion for their valuable contributions.

Hacettepe University has many departments with high-level accumulated of knowledge on almost every academic topic, mainly the field of health. With its international student potential and connections Hacettepe University contributes greatly to the universal science. The Faculty of Sports Sciences, and the Physical Education and Sports Education Department, which will host the forum, are among the leading institutions that struggle for the spread of a mobile and healthy life, for carrying the sports of our country to further levels, for teaching the Physical Education classes at schools with more efficient methods, and have accumulated knowledge at universal level. On the other hand, it has hosted more than 20 international and national scientific meetings until today.

I am sure you will find many things you have been looking for at our university, in Ankara and in Turkey. Foremost among these,  we may list  warm hospitality, friendly and helpful people, and students and lecturers that are open to change, development and cooperation.

I thank you for your support to the scientific organization that will be organized by our university, and wish you good luck in your future work.

We will be very glad because of the organization of Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy 2016 Meeting in Turkey by Hacettepe University. We thank all of you for making this event happen and let us live this great spirit. We are sure that this meeting will make people, mainly children and young people, move more and lead to the emergence of new approaches.

For this purpose, we are sure that you will leave with extremely beautiful memories from Ankara.  I  “Welcome!” you all  in advance and I wish you success in your work.

Message from Prof. Dr. Ali Haydar Demirel
Dean, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Hacettepe University

Dear guests and colleagues,

We are delighted to be hosting the Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy 2016 and distinguished delegates around the world who are working together to put forward new opportunities in promoting physical activity for children and youth.

One of the emerging issue heavily discussed globally and in Turkey, too, is the consequences of physical inactivity which are often emphasized in terms of health outcomes such as disease and mortality. Less abstractly, it is interpreted as the reason behind the problems in motor skill development, lack of healthy lifestyle attitudes and behaviors and decreased participation in sports. With no doubt, importance and value of physical education practices can be considered as a common thread running through all of these issues. From this point of view, our faculty wholeheartedly supports initiatives, at every occasion, to ensure that children have adequate access to physical education throughout their childhood. Hereby, I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the organizing committee and to the members of GoFPEP for their efforts on this common and universal goal .

Message from Prof. Dr. Gıyasettin Demirhan, President of GoFPEP 2016

Dear colleagues and friends from around the world,

We will be honored to host the “Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy”, which will be organized between 26 and 28 May, 2016. For this purpose, I would like to say “Welcome to Turkey, Ankara and Hacettepe University Faculty of Sport Sciences” in advance to all participants. We will be very glad because of the organization of Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy 2016 Meeting in Turkey by Hacettepe University, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Department of Physical Education and Sports Teaching. We thank you for making us live this great spirit. We are sure that this meeting will make people, mainly children and young people, move more and lead to the emergence of new approaches. For this purpose, we are sure that you will leave with extremely beautiful memories from Ankara, which is your final destination in Turkey. I am sure you will find many things you have been looking for at my university, in Ankara and in Turkey.

I thank you for your support to the scientific organization that will be organized by our university, and wish you good luck in your future work, and I wish you success in your work.

Message from Mr. Tom Root, CEO/Founder of HOPSports

To the GoFPEP Tribe,

As 2014 comes to an end, I want to thank you for your support and wish you and yours the Happiest of Holidays. Particular thanks extend to Chris Edginton and Ming Kai for their visionary forum which has linked us all to create substantive change within our communities and share best practice around the world. For the continuity and extension of vision, a special thanks to Roland Naul who showcased programmatic success in Europe with Sports Clubs and Healthy Schools in Healthy Communities during GoFPEP 2012, and to Hans De Ridder from South Africa who reminded us during the GoFPEP 2014 of the importance of assessment and data collection for determining best practices and program efficacy. We owe a round of applause and appreciation for Gudrun and Suzanne for moderating our discussions and for keeping the momentum forward. We look forward to GoFPEP 2016 scheduled for Turkey, and appreciate Giyasettin Demirhan for accepting the passed baton and for reaffirming the emphasis on new and innovative pedagogues, linking practice to theory, and for uncovering contextual, community-based solutions.

Without diminished gratitude I would like to thank Branislav, Dario, Bala, Ida, Gurjeet, Oswaldo, Ian, Grace, Arunas, Myriam, Carla, Veronica, Serap, Boyanka, Gurmeet, Marit, Susilo, Huub, Steve Georgakis, Peter Schantz, Suzanne, Claudette and Sandra for taking the lead by establishing innovative content which is being enjoyed by children in classrooms around the globe, reaffirming that movement truly is the universal language. Thank you to all participants for your adopted role of being health ambassadors for your communities. You truly represent our shared profession and the GoFPEP's Future Leaders. 

The continuing goal of GoFPEP is to use a scaffolding approach so that ideas discussed and best practices highlighted during the forum catapult into program implementation for all to see "in action".It is far more important that we have the opportunity to witness Healthy Schools in Healthy Communities from Rolad Naul, kids being able to take accurate skin fold measures guided by Hans, Healthy Leisure programs from Mikols, and the contextual framework for corporations and government stakeholders led by Peter Schantz and Ricardo. In a world of increasing childhood obesity rates and staggering levels of inactivity, GoFPEP needs to be the illustrative example of what Dr. Edgington rightly insists: practice before theory. 

We are excited to work with Giyasettin on the first live GoFPEP forum broadcast to the world, by implementing technology for expanded dialog, discovery, and research dissemination. As always, I look forward to receiving your feedback.

Welcome letter from the Founders of GoFPEP / Chairman of the Organizing Committee, GoFPEP 2016

Dear Distinguished Delegates:

We are honored to invite and welcome you to the roster of distinguished delegates representing 67 countries/regions in the up-coming 2016 Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy (GoFPEP 2016). We are excited by the timely theme: ““Technology, Networking and Best Practice in Physical Education and Health: Local to Global”. Our focus is to re-examine the suggestions, recommendations and directed outcomes of the previous three GoFPEP in USA, Germany and South Africa, and practically apply “lessons learned”.

Aptly framed as a social movement both by design and emergent need, GoFPEP seeks substantive change in the role and education of future health and physical education teachers and leaders. Special attention is directed towards the differentiation, and resulting corresponding linkage, between physical education and physical activity. With the end goal of lifelong active lifestyles and behaviors, we will identify and showcase best practices of implemented physical activity occurring beyond the school framework and within the larger community setting.

GoFPEP seeks to provide ample opportunities for discussion and exploration of critical issues extrapolated from visits to regional model schools. GoFPEP remains committed to knowledge advancement and worldwide dissemination of best practices related to technology and community networking. Our continued mission is to integrate practice with theory, not the reverse.

We are excited by “two firsts” scheduled for GoFPEP 2016. The forum will become synonymous with a global education event with delegate produced PPT presentations offering on-line webcam broadcasting readily accessed by faculty, students, PE teachers, universities and schools worldwide. The Organizing Committee firmly believes that the future leaders of our profession are currently amongst us, and we are proud to mentor and learn from our invited 23 young scholars from 20 countries/regions.

Our sincere appreciation extends outward bound from the host of GoFPEP 2016, to the local, provincial, national and international bodies lending support for this event. Specifically, we would like to thank Prof. Dr. Giyasettin Demirhan, President, GoFPEP 2016 and Prof. Dr. Hulya Asci, Chairperson, Scientific Committee for GoFPEP 2016, for their demonstrated efforts in organizing this important global meeting. Their success in orchestrating a dynamic and unique program experience will readily become apparent and appreciated by all invited delegates.

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to GoFPEP 2016. We look forward to meeting and talking with you, and sharing in a rewarding and meaningful professional experience.

Sincerely,
Prof. Dr. Ming-Kai Chin
Co-Founder, GoFPE
Former President, ACESS
Chairman, Organizing Committee, GoFPEP 2016
Vice President, Global Affairs & Research
HOPSports, Inc.
USA
Prof. Dr. Christopher Edginton
Co-Founder GoFPEP
R.J. McElroy Professor of Youth Leadership Studies
School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services
University of Northern Iowa
USA

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