Low Skilled adults’ memories about their Physical Education Teachers. [Los recuerdos de adultos con baja competencia motriz sobre sus Profesores de Educación Física].


  • Luis Miguel Ruiz-Pérez Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Miguel Angel Gómez Departamento de Ciencias Sociales de la A. F., Deporte y Ocio Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Miriam Palomo-Nieto Departamento de Ciencias Sociales de la A. F., Deporte y Ocio Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • José Antonio Navia-Manzano Departamento de Ciencias Sociales de la A. F., Deporte y Ocio Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Palabras clave:

autobiographical memories, low skilled, adults, school physical education, teachers, recuerdos autobiográficos, baja competencia, educación física escolar, adultos, profesores.



The main purpose of this study was to analyze retrospectively the memories of a group of adults with low skills and the relationships between their memories and their physical education teachers during their school time. Ten adults (7 women and three men) participated in this study, aged between 25 and 56 years that declared to be low skilled during their school days. In order to carry out this study, a semi-strutured interview was conducted focusing the attention on obtaining memories of participants in their PE classes during their schoolage, and mainly their perceptions and feelings about their Primary and Secondary PE teachers. Results showed that the memories of behaviors and personality of their PE teachers were more important for participants than the learning from activities that their PE teachers taught. The feelings and emotions about his/her PE teachers were mostly negative, characterized by humiliation, abandonment, lack of help or indifference towards them. For these participants, their PE teachers did not live up to their needs. Knowing these memories had permitted the researchers to know a hidden part of the PE subject that is referred to a sector of the school population that shows low motor competence.


El objetivo principal de este estudio fue analizar retrospectivamente los recuerdos de un grupo de adultos torpes y sus relaciones con sus profesores de educación física durante su época escolar. Diez adultos (7 mujeres y tres hombres) participaron en este estudio, con edades comprendidas entre 25 y 56 años, que declararon ser poco competentes en educación física durante sus años escolares. Para llevar a cabo este estudio, se desarrolló una entrevista semi-estructurada enfocada en obtener recuerdos de los participantes en sus clases de educación física, y principalmente sus percepciones y sentimientos sobre sus profesores de educación física tanto de primaria como de secundaria. Los resultados mostraron que los recuerdos de los comportamientos y de la personalidad de sus profesores de educación física eran más importantes para los participantes que las actividades de aprendizaje que estos profexdzsores les proponían. Estos sentimientos y emociones sobre sus profesores de educación física fueron en su mayoría negativos, caracterizados por la humillación, abandono, falta de ayuda o indiferencia hacia ellos. Para estos adultos, los profesores de educación física no supieron acometer sus necesidades. Conocer estos recuerdos permite conocer una parte oculta de la asignatura y que se refiere a un sector de la población escolar que muestra baja competencia y torpeza en las clases.



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Biografía del autor/a

Luis Miguel Ruiz-Pérez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Catedrático de Universidad

Departamento de Ciencias Sociales de la A.F. y Deporte