Friday, January 21, 2011

Teaching sport for understanding-Game Sense

England batsman are reported to use virtual bowling to train to Australian conditions and to get use to Australian bowlers, while Australian cricket team uses bowling machines. Ian Renshaw, through the lens of constraints-based skill learning theory, has described how practice with a bowling machine changes the information-movement coupling of the batter, and hence the batters movement. Could it be the same with tennis and hitting balls endless from a ball machine? Constraints-based skill learning theory appears to provide a solid platform for TGfU and Game Sense program design and pedagogy/instructional strategies for sport learning, from beginners/novices to elite. Why does Australian PE appear to persist with an emphasis on skill and drill textbook technique practice and not eagerly jumped on board the game sense approach? Have you adapted game sense in your PE teaching and or sport coaching? If so, why and with what effect? If not, why not?

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