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Thoughts on Models Based Practice and Physical Education

Models Based Practice (MBP) has been advocated by some theorists as a means of moving away from the well documented shortcoming of the traditional PE curriculum model (multi activity: short units of work of insufficient duration for meaningful skill learning to occur, resulting in little more than PE as talent identification) and pedagogical stance (largely directive instruction aimed at student replication of teacher demonstrations).

Metzler (2011) identified 8 instructional models for PE: Direct instruction; Personalised system for learning; Cooperative learning; Sport education, Peer teaching, Inquiry teaching, Tactical games, and Teaching personal and social responsibility (TPSR). Metzler invoked the metaphor of a blueprint to represent the idea that each model is a different type of plan from which PE teaching can be built and operationalised instructionally. This has led to the idea that fidelity to the tenets of the model is necessary for authenticity of adoption. However, most…

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