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ERIC Number: EJ1012697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
Teaching Australian Football in Physical Education: Constraints Theory in Practice
Pill, Shane
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v26 n1 p39-44 2013
This article outlines a constraints-led process of exploring, modifying, experimenting, adapting, and developing game appreciation known as Game Sense (Australian Sports Commission, 1997; den Duyn, 1996, 1997) for the teaching of Australian football. The game acts as teacher in this constraints-led process. Rather than a linear system that involves breaking the game into parts taught through drills before being put back together as whole (e.g., skills, rules, strategies, and tactics), a constraints-led process treats football as a dynamic nonlinear system where the pedagogical process retains information-movement coupling (Davids et al., 2007). This article examines game learning through boundaries of exploration constructed via task constraints. It explains the application of guided discovery of a nonlinear process of learning Australian football informed by constraints-led sport-learning theory. In this constraints-led perspective, the role of the physical educator is to guide the students to search, discover, demonstrate, and refine game behaviors and understanding (Williams, Horn, & Hodges, 2003). Although Australian football has been used as the example, the pedagogical process can be applied to structure learning in about any invasion sport. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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