Friday, May 27, 2011

Coherrent complexity and teaching sport for understanding

The 27th ACHPER International conference has been and gone. What were some of the take 'home messages'? http://www.achper.org.au/__files/f/27555/Summary%20of%20Issues.pdf
One that struck a cord with me, for sport teaching/coaching with junior players, was the 'brain maximiser', coherent complexity, explained by Frances Donnelly. It struck a cord as it helped explain how the use of an overarching tactical problem, as the starting point for the lesson/training session design process, brings focus and coordination to the content of a session; acting as pedagogical strategy to enhance the learning environment. I believe this is demonstrated in the Tactical Games Approach lessons within Mitchell, Oslin & Griffin's Teaching Sport Concepts and Skills
http://www.humankinetics.com/products/all-products/teaching-sport-concepts-and-skills-2nd-edition
and in effect what Rick Charlesworth was talking about when he described the use of designer games to train game sense
http://www.sportsouthland.co.nz/files/docs/hs_designergames.pdf
To read more about how coherent complexity maximises learning potential, and how to teach with the brain in mind,  the work of Eric Jensen is a good starting point
http://www.jensenlearning.com/

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