Beyond the fascinating story of a Jewish scientist who left Bulgaria in the 1970s, leaving behind her high position, Ema Geron's story is also one of the development of two academic disciplines in Israel – the psychology of sports and physical exertion and motoric learning. Geron's academic and educational work brought forth new knowledge and areas of learning, and laid their theoretical and applied foundations in Israel. This article is an analysis of Geron's unique pioneering efforts to promote these two disciplines. Four aspects were analyzed in this review of Geron's academic work: her involvement in research, writing and editing on both subject, organizing scientific conferences, and teaching academic courses. The analysis reveals Geron's central and significant role in developing these two disciplines in Israel, and points out the direct association between them and teacher education programs for physical education teachers and sports trainers. She was a trailblazing pioneer, one who strongly affected the teaching of sports in Israel.
|Translated title of the contribution||Center-fielder: Ema Geron's contribution to the development of sports psychology and motoric learning in Israel|
|Number of pages||15|
|State||Published - May 2022|