1st Edition

Sport Pedagogy An Introduction for Teaching and Coaching

By Kathleen Armour Copyright 2011
    368 Pages
    by Routledge

    368 Pages
    by Routledge

    Sport Pedagogy offers an essential starting point for anyone who cares about sport, education and young people. It offers invaluable theoretical and practical guidance for studying to become an effective teacher or coach, and for anyone who wants to inspire children and young people to engage in and enjoy sport for life. The book also focuses on you as a learner in sport, prompting you to reflect critically on the ways in which your early learning experiences might affect your ability to diagnose the learning needs of young people with very different needs.


    Sport Pedagogy is about learning in practice. It refers both the ways in which children and young people learn and the pedagogical knowledge and skills that teachers and coaches need to support them to learn effectively. Sport pedagogy is the study of the place where sport and education come together.


    The study of sport pedagogy has three complex dimensions that interact to form each pedagogical encounter: Knowledge in context - what is regarded as essential or valuable knowledge to be taught, coached or learnt is contingent upon historical, social and political contextual factors that define practice; Learners and learning -at the core of sport pedagogy is expertise in complex learning theories, and a deep understanding of diversity and its many impacts on the ways in which young learners can learn; Teachers/teaching and coaches/coaching - effective teachers and coaches are lifelong learners who can harness the power of sport for diverse children and young people. Gaining knowledge and understanding of the three dimensional concept of sport pedagogy is the first step towards ensuring that the rights of large numbers of children and young people to effective learning experiences in and through sport are not denied.


    The book is organised into three sections: background and context; young people as diverse learners; the professional responsibility of teachers and coaches.  Features of each chapter include:

    • research extracts,

    • ‘comments’ to summarise key points,

    • individual and group learning tasks,

    • suggested resources for further reading,

    • and reference lists to enable you to follow-up points of interest.


    This book provides you with some of the prior knowledge you need to make best use of teaching materials, coaching manuals and other resources. In so doing you, as a teacher or coach, will be well placed to offer an effective and professional learning service to children and young people in sport.     



    Section One
    Pedagogy in physical education and youth sport   

    Chapter 1  
    What is ‘sport pedagogy’ and why study it?
    Kathleen Armour

    Chapter 2  
    Children learning in physical education: an historical overview
    David Kirk

    Chapter 3  
    Learning theory for effective learning in practice
    Fiona Chambers

    Chapter 4   Learning about health through physical education & youth sport
    Lorraine Cale and Jo Harris

    Chapter 5  
    Critical health pedagogy: whose body is it anyway?
    John Evans, Emma Rich and Brian Davies 

    Chapter 6  
    Youth sport policy: an international perspective
    Iain Lindsey and Ruth Jeanes

    Chapter 7  
    Olympism: a learning philosophy for physical education and youth sport
    Dikaia Chatziefstathiou

    Section Two Children and young people:diverse learners in physical education and sport

    Chapter 8  
    Youth voices in physical education & sport:
    what are they telling us and what do they say they need?
    Ann Macphail

    Chapter 9  
    Understanding young people’s motivation in physical education and youth sport
    Chris Spray

    Chapter 10   
    Young people, sporting bodies, vulnerable identities
    Laura Azzarito

    Chapter 11   
    Playtime: the needs of very young learners in physical education and sport
    Frances Murphy and Dierdre Nichroinin

    Chapter 12    Disabling experiences of physical education and youth sport
    Hayley Fitzgerald

    Chapter 13   
    Disaffected youth in physical education and youth sport
    Rachel Sandford and Rebecca Duncombe

    Chapter 14
    Physical education and youth sport: does social class still matter?
    Barriers to learning in physical education and youth sport: does social class still matter?
    Symeon Dagkas

    Chapter 15   
    Young people, ethnicity and pedagogy
    Louisa Webb

    Chapter 16   
    Gender and learning in physical education and youth sport
    Anne Flintoff,

    Chapter 17   
    Right to be active: ‘looked after children’ in physical education and sport
    Kathleen Armour, Rachel Sandford and Rebecca Duncombe

    Section Three:
    Being a professional teacher or coach in physical education and youth sport

    Chapter 18   
    Effective career-long professional development for teachers and coaches
    Kathleen Armour

    Chapter 19   
    Personalised learning: a perfect pedagogy for teachers and coaches?
    Kyriaki Makopoulou

    Chapter 20   
    Becoming an effective secondary school physical education teacher
    Frank Herold

    Chapter 21   
    Becoming an effective primary school physical education teacher
    Mike Jess

    Chapter 22
    Youth sport coach  
    Julia Walsh

    Chapter 23 
    Learning Strategy
    Mark Griffiths

    Chapter 24   
    Professional learning in communities of practice
    Deborah Tannehill

    Chapter 25   
    Models-based practice: structuring teaching and coaching to meet learners’ diverse needs
    Toni O’Donovan



    Kathleen Armour is Professor and Head of the School of Sport and Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her main research interest is career-long professional learning for teachers and coaches, and its impact on young people's learning in physical education and sport.

    "This book provides student teachers with a great point of reference in their studies of young people in physical education and sport." - Mark Bowler, School of Physical Education & Sports Science, University of Bedfordshire

    "A beautifully constructed text with an engaging and eclectic series of chapters- a 'must read' for any student of pedagogy." - Dr Costas Karageorghis, School of Sport and Education, Brunel University

    "The subject matter is well organised with many current issues usefully elaborated in succint chapters. The text is immediately appealing in its cross-section of topic matter and in the quality of the writing/writers ... useful for those students (in PE/Sport) who want to get acquainted with the topic matter and who then wish to move on to the fuller detail via the well referenced sections at the close of each chapter. So from the point of view of both promoting key ideas and the pursuit of these through research literature, the text is ideal." - Robert Brewer, of Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh