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Sport Pedagogy
An Introduction for Teaching and Coaching

ISBN 9780273732587
Published March 24, 2011 by Routledge
368 Pages

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Book Description

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.     


Table of Contents


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


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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