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Cooperative Learning in Physical Education

A research based approach, 1st Edition

Edited by Ben Dyson, Ashley Casey


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Cooperative Learning is a dynamic instructional model that can teach diverse content to students at different grade levels, with students working together in small, structured, heterogeneous groups to master subject content. It has a strong research tradition, is used frequently as a professional development tool in general education and is now emerging in physical education.

This book defines Cooperative Learning in physical education and examines how to implement Cooperative Learning in a variety of educational settings. It explores Cooperative Learning in physical education from three main perspectives. The first, context of learning, provides descriptions of Cooperative Learning in different levels of education (elementary school, secondary school, and university physical education). The second, Cooperative Learning in the curriculum, offers case studies from teachers and researchers of their experiences of implementing Cooperative Learning within their own national context. The third perspective, key aspects of Cooperative Learning, examines how the different elements of the model have been foregrounded in efforts to enhance learning in physical education.

As the only text to provide international perspectives, from eight different countries, of Cooperative Learning in physical education, this book is important reading for any student, researcher or teacher with an interest in physical education, sport education, sport pedagogy, curriculum development or methods for learning and teaching.


‘I salute the leadership of Dyson and Casey in revealing what can be possible through research and development in education …

This book is an international and national treasure for the profession in its scholarly attention to the how of cooperative skills building, and to the how of equitable and inclusive teaching’, Adrienne Alton-Lee, Qualitative Research in Education

Table of Contents

Introduction - Cooperative Learning As A Pedagogical Model In Physical Education - Ben Dyson and Ashley Casey Part 1 - Context Of Learning Chapter 1. Implementing The Cooperative Learning Model In Physical Education: The Experience Of New Zealand Teachers - Ben Dyson, Alan Ovens, and Wayne Smith Chapter 2. Teacher Action In The Cooperative Learning Model In The Physical Education Classroom - Ingrid Bähr and Jonas Wibowo Chapter 3. Innovative Practice Through The Use Of Self-Made Materials: The Cooperative Learning Model In Spain - Javier Fernandez-Rio and Antonio Méndez-Giménez Part 2 – Cooperative Learning In The Curriculum Chapter 4. Putting Into Practice Cooperative Learning And Physical Activity With Primary Students - Carlos Velázquez-Callado Chapter 5. Cooperative Learning Through The Eyes Of A Teacher-Researcher and His Students - Ashley Casey Chapter 6. Using Cooperative Learning Model In Physical Education Teacher Education: From Theory To Practice - Sima Zach And Rona Cohen Part 3 – Key Aspects Of Cooperative Learning Chapter 7. Borrowing Strategies From Adventure-Based Learning To Enhance Group Processing In Cooperative Learning - Sue Sutherland Chapter 8. The Cooperative Learning Model As An Inclusive Pedagogical Practice In Physical Education - Michelle Grenier and Pat Yeaton Chapter 9. Cooperative Learning And Tutoring In Sports And Physical Activities - Lucile Lafont Chapter 10. Cooperative Learning And Interactions In Inclusive Secondary School Physical Education Classes In Australia - Wendy Dowler Conclusion- Cooperative Learning In Physical Education - Ashley Casey and Ben Dyson

About the Editors


Ashley Casey

Loughborough University, Leicestershire, United Kingdom

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Ben Dyson is Associate Professor in the School of Critical Studies in Education at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has taught for over 20 years in universities in Canada, the USA and New Zealand. His research focuses on curriculum and instruction, innovative pedagogical practices in schools and physical education policy research.

Ashley Casey is course leader for Sport and Physical Education at the University of Bedfordshire, UK. He has worked as a secondary-school physical education teacher for 15 years during which time he completed his PhD. His research is around sustained curriculum renewal in physical education through models-based practices such as cooperative learning. He has published work on school-based interventions using these approaches.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Physical Education and Youth Sport

The Routledge Studies in Physical Education and Youth Sport series is a forum for the discussion of the latest and most important ideas and issues in physical education, sport, and active leisure for young people across school, club and recreational settings. The series presents the work of the best well-established and emerging scholars from around the world, offering a truly international perspective on policy and practice. It aims to enhance our understanding of key challenges, to inform academic debate, and to have a high impact on both policy and practice, and is thus an essential resource for all serious students of physical education and youth sport.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Physical Education
SPORTS & RECREATION / Coaching / General