5th Edition

Learning to Teach Physical Education in the Secondary School A Companion to School Experience

Edited By Susan Capel, Joanne Cliffe, Julia Lawrence Copyright 2021
    468 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    468 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This fully updated fifth edition of Learning to Teach Physical Education in the Secondary School is a comprehensive, yet accessible guide for all student secondary physical education teachers. Practical and insightful advice is combined with theory and research to support you in developing as a student teacher.

    This core text is an ideal guide to support you in developing your knowledge for teaching, your basic teaching skills and your ability to reflect critically on what you are doing and why, enabling you to cope in a range of teaching situations. Including updated material to cover changes in policy and practice, curriculum and assessments, the fifth edition of this essential textbook focuses on:

    • Starting and developing your teaching journey
    • Planning, teaching and evaluating physical education lessons for effective pupil learning
    • Looking beyond your teacher education.

    New chapters include

    • Essential knowledge bases for teaching physical education
    • Guidance on using digital technologies
    • Health in the physical education lesson

    Written with university and school-based initial teacher education in mind, Learning to Teach Physical Education in the Secondary School is an essential source of support and guidance for all student physical education teachers embarking on the challenging journey of developing as an effective teacher.

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    List of Tasks




    Susan Capel, Joanne Cliffe and Julia Lawrence

    Chapter 1 Starting out as a physical education teacher

    Susan Capel and Joanne Cliffe

    Chapter 2 Aims of physical education

    Margaret Whitehead

    Chapter 3 Knowledge bases for teaching physical education

    Cathy Gower

    Chapter 4 Exploring and understanding your own experiences and beliefs as a physical education teacher

    Suzie Everley and Michelle Flemons

    Chapter 5 Long- and medium-term planning in physical education

    Cathy Gower

    Chapter 6 Short-term (lesson) planning in physical education: How planning and evaluation supports effective learning and teaching

    Jackie Arthur and Gill Golder

    Chapter 7 Lesson organisation and management

    Julia Lawrence

    Chapter 8 Designing teaching approaches to achieve intended learning outcomes

    Richard Blair and Lee C. Beaumont

    Chapter 9 Assessment for and of learning in physical education

    Angela Newton and Mark Bowler

    Chapter 10 Developing and maintaining an effective learning environment

    Kerry Whitehouse, Lerverne Barber and Richard Pepperell

    Chapter 11 Motivating pupils for learning in physical education

    Kevin Morgan, Dan Milton and Julia Longville

    Chapter 12 Planning for an inclusive approach to learning and teaching

    Philip Vickerman, Barbara Walsh and Julie Money

    Chapter 13 Health in Physical Education

    Jo Harris

    Chapter 14 Learner-centred teaching: A physical literacy perspective

    Margaret Whitehead

    Chapter 15 Observation in Physical Education

    Maggie Killingbeck and Margaret Whitehead

    Chapter 16 Communication in physical education

    Paula Zwodiak-Myers

    Chapter 17 Teaching safely and safety in physical education

    Anne Chappell

    Chapter 18 Using digital technologies to support learning in physical education

    Victoria Goodyear

    Chapter 19 Accredited qualifications and principles of classroom teaching

    Elizabeth Durden-Myers

    Chapter 20 Teacher as a reflexive practitioner/researcher

    Paula Zwodiak-Myers

    Chapter 21 Beyond your teacher education

    Gill Golder and Julie Stevens

    Chapter 22 Physical Literacy: Learning from pupils’ physical literacy journeys

    Margaret Whitehead




    Susan Capel is an Emeritus Professor (Physical Education) at Brunel University, UK.

    Joanne Cliffe is Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, where she is Programme Lead for the Secondary Physical Education PGDipEd (QTS) and Director for the MA Teaching Studies.

    Julia Lawrence was, until recently, Senior Lecturer at the University of Hull, UK.

    Praise for previous editions: 

    'A wealth of advice on generic aspects of teaching and learning in Physical Education …The accessibility of the text, and constant reference to ways of adapting suggestions to different situations, make this book particularly "user-friendly" and suitable for student-teachers in diverse settings' – European Physical Education Review 

    ‘Essential reading for teachers who pride themselves on being "critically reflective"' – Times Educational Supplement