Playing bodies: Functional Advanced Didactics as an innovative strategy for experiential teaching


  • Santolo Ciccarelli Università degli studi di Napoli Parthenope
  • Maria Giovanna Tafuri Pegaso University
  • Francesco V. Ferraro



This study introduces Functional Advanced Didactics (FAD), an innovative experimental teaching method that integrates physical exercise with traditional school disciplines. The FAD is based on the methodology of gamification and the principles of embodied cognition theory. The aim is to promote active and multidisciplinary learning through play-motor experiences for primary school students.

The method involves three weekly sessions of one hour each, with an educator-speaker ratio of 1:10. Each session includes a warm-up phase, gamified teaching activities linked to curriculum subjects and focused on body experience, a debriefing to verify learning and a final "feel education" to reflect on emotions experienced.

Compared to traditional methods, FAD aims to make learning more engaging, exploiting the potential of play and movement in space to facilitate the acquisition of abstract concepts in an experiential way. This study describes the theoretical foundations and methodological structure of FAD, paving the way for future empirical research on its effectiveness in primary education.

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Ciccarelli, S., Tafuri, M. G. ., & Ferraro, F. V. (2024). Playing bodies: Functional Advanced Didactics as an innovative strategy for experiential teaching. Journal of Inclusive Methodology and Technology in Learning and Teaching, 4(2).