Sport Pedagogy: An Introduction for Teaching and Coaching
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368 pages
24 MAR 2011


Sport Pedagogy offers an essential starting point for anyone who cares about sport, education and young people. It offers invaluable theoretical and practical guidance for studying to become an effective teacher or coach, and for anyone who wants to inspire children and young people to engage in and enjoy sport for life. The book also focuses on you as a learner in sport, prompting you to reflect critically on the ways in which your early learning experiences might affect your ability to diagnose the learning needs of young people with very different needs. Sport Pedagogy is about learning in practice. It refers both the ways in which children and young people learn and the pedagogical knowledge and skills that teachers and coaches need to support them to learn effectively. Sport pedagogy is the study of the place where sport and education come together. The study of sport pedagogy has three complex dimensions that interact to form each pedagogical encounter: Knowledge in context - what is regarded as essential or valuable knowledge to be taught, coached or learnt is contingent upon historical, social and political contextual factors that define practice; Learners and learning -at the core of sport pedagogy is expertise in complex learning theories, and a deep understanding of diversity and its many impacts on the ways in which young learners can learn; Teachers/teaching and coaches/coaching - effective teachers and coaches are lifelong learners who can harness the power of sport for diverse children and young people. Gaining knowledge and understanding of the three dimensional concept of sport pedagogy is the first step towards ensuring that the rights of large numbers of children and young people to effective learning experiences in and through sport are not denied. The book is organised into three sections: background and context; young people as diverse learners; the professional responsibility of teachers and coaches. Features of each chapter include: research extracts, 'comments' to summarise key points, individual and group learning tasks, suggested resources for further reading, and reference lists to enable you to follow-up points of interest. This book provides you with some of the prior knowledge you need to make best use of teaching materials, coaching manuals and other resources. In so doing you, as a teacher or coach, will be well placed to offer an effective and professional learning service to children and young people in sport.


Introduction Section One Pedagogy in physical education and youth sport Chapter 1 What is `sport pedagogy' and why study it? Kathleen Armour Chapter 2 Children learning in physical education: an historical overview David Kirk Chapter 3 Learning theory for effective learning in practice Fiona Chambers Chapter 4 Learning about health through physical education & youth sport Lorraine Cale and Jo Harris Chapter 5 Critical health pedagogy: whose body is it anyway? John Evans, Emma Rich and Brian Davies Chapter 6 Youth sport policy: an international perspective Iain Lindsey and Ruth Jeanes Chapter 7 Olympism: a learning philosophy for physical education and youth sport Dikaia Chatziefstathiou Section Two Children and young people:diverse learners in physical education and sport Chapter 8 Youth voices in physical education & sport: what are they telling us and what do they say they need? Ann Macphail Chapter 9 Understanding young people's motivation in physical education and youth sport Chris Spray Chapter 10 Young people, sporting bodies, vulnerable identities Laura Azzarito Chapter 11 Playtime: the needs of very young learners in physical education and sport Frances Murphy and Dierdre Nichroinin Chapter 12 Disabling experiences of physical education and youth sport Hayley Fitzgerald Chapter 13 Disaffected youth in physical education and youth sport Rachel Sandford and Rebecca Duncombe Chapter 14 Physical education and youth sport: does social class still matter? Barriers to learning in physical education and youth sport: does social class still matter? Symeon Dagkas Chapter 15 Young people, ethnicity and pedagogy Louisa Webb Chapter 16 Gender and learning in physical education and youth sport Anne Flintoff, Chapter 17 Right to be active: `looked after children' in physical education and sport Kathleen Armour, Rachel Sandford and Rebecca Duncombe Section Three: Being a professional teacher or coach in physical education and youth sport Chapter 18 Effective career-long professional development for teachers and coaches Kathleen Armour Chapter 19 Personalised learning: a perfect pedagogy for teachers and coaches? Kyriaki Makopoulou Chapter 20 Becoming an effective secondary school physical education teacher Frank Herold Chapter 21 Becoming an effective primary school physical education teacher Mike Jess Chapter 22 Youth sport coach Julia Walsh Chapter 23 Learning Strategy Mark Griffiths Chapter 24 Professional learning in communities of practice Deborah Tannehill Chapter 25 Models-based practice: structuring teaching and coaching to meet learners' diverse needs Toni O'Donovan