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ERIC Number: EJ938631
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 84
ISSN: ISSN-1357-3322
"In the Local Context": Singaporean Challenges to Teaching Games on Practicum
McNeill, M. C.; Fry, J. M.; Wright, S. C.; Tan, W. K. C.; Tan, K. S. S.; Schempp, P. G.
Sport, Education and Society, v9 n1 p3-32 2004
This is an investigation of "situated learning" among Singaporean physical education student teachers (STs) (n = 11) who used a games concept approach (GCA) on their practicum in primary schools. Introduced to the physical education curriculum as part of a revised, mandated national syllabus, the GCA was reportedly having little impact "in the local context" where PE had marginal status. Investigated were the extent to which the student teachers were able to use the GCA and their understanding of its challenges and facilitators. The practicum as an active apprenticeship in building "communities of [GCA] practice" was central to the research methodology and findings. Data collected through interview (formative and summative), journals and field observations as well as a post-practicum group discussion were used to capture the background experiences, instructional practices and evaluation criteria used by the STs. The negotiated meanings of the GCA as structure, as product and as process are discussed in relation to issues encountered in its use (dealing with situational constraints, planning, questioning and sustaining pupil interest). Also discussed are STs' recommendations for GCA systemic implementation. Suggestions have been made for planning, teaching and structuring the school learning environment as well as for PETE programmes in order to constitute the GCA as effective in primary schools. (Contains 1 table and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore