INTERNATIONAL SESSION

FOR EDUCATORS AND OFFICIALS OF HIGHER INSTITUTES OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The main topic of this bi-annual Session up to 2012 was always Olympism and at each Session, a special subtopic was discussed. Since 2013, however, the IOA chooses a basic topic for all the sessions of this year and one special topic for each one separately. This Session aims to provide a forum for senior members of staff of higher educational insti tutes and educators, to explore Olympic issues and practices.

The educational aspects of Olympism and the Olympic Movement are examined as is the humanistic and cultural significance of sport and its contribution to modern society. Practical and culturally relevant teaching methods are sought and discussed in order to promote healthy sport practices and Olympic Ideals, among the youth of the world.

Participation • Higher Institutes of Physical Education may register one (1) representative
• National Olympic Committees and National Olympic Academies may register two (2) educators

The working languages of the Session are English, French and Greek.

Short Papers or Presentations

Participants are invited to send to the IOA, prior to the Session, short papers, posters and presentations on themes related to the special topic of the Session.

Papers should be submitted in any of the three official IOA languages. The Ephoria of the IOA will select the reports to be presented during the Session.

Special Subjects of the International Session for Educators and Officials of Higher Institutes of Physical Education

Up until the year 1990, separate Sessions were held for Educators and for Directors and Heads of Higher Institutes of Physical Education. As from 1993, the Sessions have been held jointly.

International Sessions for Educationists (1973-1990)

• The contribution of Education to the Olympic Movement.
• Olympism and Education.
• Methods of teaching the Olympic Idea in schools.
• The contribution of Olympic Education to General Education.
• The role of Olympic Education in the education of youth.
• Olympism in schools.

International Sessions for Directors and Heads of Higher Institutes of Physical Education (1986-1990)

• Olympism in the curriculum of the Higher Institutes of Physical Education.
• Olympism as an independent subject in the curricula of the Higher Institutes of Physical Education.
a) Introduction of Olympism as a main subject in the curricula of the Institutes.
b) Educational Methodology of Olympism as a main subject in the curricula of the Institutes.

Joint International Sessions for Educationists and Heads of Higher Institutes of Physical Education (1993 - to date)

• Olympism, fair play and youth training in schools and universities.
• The pedagogy of sport: Implications of the IOC Centennial Congress-The Congress of Unity.
• Ethics in sport and the Olympic Games.
• The relevance of sport education on the threshold of the third millennium.
• The Greek Olympic and Cultural Heritage and the Olympic Games of Athens 2004.
• The social role of the athlete.
• Ethics and the Olympic Movement.
• Youth Olympics: Children and sports.
• How can sporting tradition of different cultures enrich olympic education.
• Olympic legacy: cultural and social dimensions of the olympic games.
• Sport as a Tool for Sustainability and Development.