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ERIC Number: EJ819850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1740-8989
TGfU Pet-Agogy: Old Dogs, New Tricks and Puppy School
Butler, Joy I.
Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, v10 n3 p225-240 Nov 2005
How do we encourage teachers to adopt Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) so that it becomes part of mainstream practice in physical education and community-based sports programmes worldwide? Why do some teachers adopt a TGfU instructional model and others stick to a technique-based approach? What happens to PETE students when they attempt to take innovative ideas out into the field? Can "old dogs" learn new tricks? Can "puppies" do things differently from their mentors out in the school system? Ryan and Cooper delineated five stages typical of the teaching career: (1) fantasy; (2) euphoria; (3) survival; (4) apprenticeship; and (5) rediscovering the dream. This article explores the journeys of both beginning and experienced teachers using these stages and suggests some ways in which TGfU can become part of their exploration. Moving from the comfort zone into unfamiliar areas can be a challenge, but paradoxically, the very discomfort caused by disconnect between avowed principle and actual practice, educational philosophy and teaching methodology, can be a wonderful incentive. The essential ingredient for change is a core belief in innovation rather than previous practice or experience. This taps into the passion and idealism that drove us to join the profession in the first place, to want to become the best that we can be as educators, and dare to hope for the same for our students. Teacher responses to TGfU have great implications for curriculum design and suggest the need for an integrated approach, which provides structured, careful support for teachers through the process of change. This article will suggest ways to promote and integrate TGfU into the repertoire of experienced teachers, and to give students the opportunity to explore the approach. These include the establishment of a worldwide TGfU task force, an emphasis on action research and student exposure to constructivist learning theory through majors' clubs. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada