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1st Edition

Teaching Games and Sport for Understanding

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ISBN 9781032287294
May 3, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This new book brings together leading and innovative thinkers in the field of teaching and sport coaching pedagogy to provide a range of perspectives on a teaching games and sport for understanding. Teaching Games and Sport for Understanding engages undergraduate and postgraduate students in physical education and sport coaching, practicing teachers, practicing sport coaches, teacher educators, and coach developers. The contributions, taken together or individually, provide insight, learning and opportunities to foster game-based teaching and coaching ideas, and provide conceptual and methodological clarity where a sense of pedagogical confusion may exist.


Each chapter raises issues that can resonate with the teacher and sport practitioner and researcher. In this way, the chapters can assist one to make sense of their own teaching or sport coaching, provide deeper insight into personal conceptualisations of the concept of game-based teaching and sport coaching or stimulate reflections on their own teaching or coaching or the contexts they are involved in.


Teaching games and sport for understanding in various guises and pedagogical models has been proposed as leading practice for session design and instructional delivery of sport teaching in PE and sport coaching since the late 1960’s. At its core, it is a paradigm shift from what can be described as a behaviourist model of highly directive instruction for player replication of teacher/coach explanation and demonstration to instructional models that broadly are aimed at the development of players self-autonomy as self-regulated learners - ‘thinking players’.


This innovative new volume both summarises current thinking, debates and practical considerations about the broad spectrum of what teaching games for understanding means as well as providing direction for further practical, pragmatic and research consideration of the concept and its precepts and, as such, is key reading for both undergraduate and postgraduate students of physical education and sport coaching as well as practicing teachers and sport coaches.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A History of Teaching Games and Sport for Understanding from

Mauldon and Redfern to Bunker and Thorpe, Until Now

1. TGfU: A Model for the Teaching of Games with a Changed Focus in

Games Teaching – A Commentary.

Section 1: Global Developments Influenced by Teaching Games for Understanding

2. The Tactical Games Model and Game Performance


3. Learning to Teach Game Sense: A Bottom-up Approach

4. Immersive Scenario-based Coaching Narratives: A

Philosophical Dialogue

5. Game Insight: A Game-Based Approach with Emphasis on Acknowledging and Addressing Differences between Players' Abilities

6. Play with Purpose: Teaching Games and Sport for

Understanding as Explicit Teaching

Section 2: Research Perspectives

7: Game-Based Approach as a Constructivist Model for Games Teaching

8. The Tactical versus Technical Paradigm: Scholarship on

Teaching Games with a "Catch-22"

9. Teaching Games and Sport for Understanding as a Spectrum of Teaching Styles

10. A Constraints-led Approach as a Theoretical Model for TGfU

11. Positive Pedagogy for Sport Coaching: A Game Changer?

12. Teaching Games for Understanding and Athlete-centred coaching

13. Using Global Lesson Study to Promote Understanding of Game-based Approaches

14. Game based Approach and Teacher Reflective Practice

15. Game Balance Analysis: A Pedagogical Approach for Designing Rich Learning Environments

Section 3: Future Directions

16. Promoting Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) through a Game-Based Approach (GBA) in Physical Education

17. Decolonialising PE Using a GBA

18. Moving to ‘Game- based Approach’ as the Collective

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Shane Pill, PhD, is Associate Professor in Physical and Sport Education at Flinders University, Australia.

Ellen-Alyssa F. Gambles is an Academic Tutor in Exercise, Sport and Rehabilitative Therapies at the University of Sunderland, UK.

Linda L. Griffin, PhD, is a professor in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA.


"There is a need for a text which (a) brings together the diverse games-based approaches for pre-service physical education teachers, and (b) provides detailed guidance on the nuanced application of a games-based approach within physical education. This text does both."

Dr Phil Kearney, Department of Physical Education & Sport Sciences, University of Limerick, Ireland

"This book offers comprehensive and up-to-date information about Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) and other Game-Based Approaches (GBAs) around the world. BOTH physical education teachers and sport coaches can gain a lot of practical information to improve their teaching/coaching and maximize students/players potential in an inclusive and learner-centred environment."

Dr. Kanae Haneishi, Valley City State University, USA