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"International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health"

2018, Vol. 5, Issue 2, Part F

Benefits of exposing pre-service physical education teachers to the mini-volleyball format


Author(s): Anthony Meléndez Nieves, Luis Estrada Oliver and Farah A Ramírez-Marrero

Abstract: Several students have less contact time in class. Physical Education Teachers Education programs have the responsibility to prepare pre-service teachers (PSTs) with effective educational approaches that address this issue. Modified games have emerged as a pedagogical framework that promotes participation and physical activity. Mini-volleyball is a modified game of the sport of volleyball. The purpose of this mixed-method study was to compare the mini-volleyball approach to traditional volleyball in three areas: (a) amount of contact with the ball per rally, (b) amount of moderate and vigorous physical activity levels (MVPA), and (c) perceptions of PSTs regarding which format is more appropriate for teaching in PE classes. A purposive sample of 24 Physical Education PSTs participated in the study. A mixed method was selected for this study. The mixed method allowed the use of quantitative methods to compare the mini-volley format (4 vs. 4) with the traditional format (6 vs. 6) in relation to the amount of contact with the ball per rally and their levels of physical activity. In addition, it permitted the implementation of qualitative techniques to collect information about how participants perceived both formats from a curricular viewpoint. Skills rubrics, written reflections, accelerometer, and video analysis served as data collection techniques. The Wilcoxon signed-ranked test (p<.05) and a priori coding were used to analyze the results. Findings of the study showed a significant difference (p<.0001) between mini-volleyball (M = 8.91) and traditional (M = 5.56) in total contact per rally. However, there was no significant difference (p = .271) between mini volleyball (M = 2.60) and traditional (M = 3.03) regarding MVPA levels. PSTs perceived that the mini-volleyball format was a more appropriate approach than traditional for beginners.

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How to cite this article:
Anthony Meléndez Nieves, Luis Estrada Oliver and Farah A Ramírez-Marrero. Benefits of exposing pre-service physical education teachers to the mini-volleyball format. International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health. 2018; 5(2): 353-358.
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