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What is the condition of the field of Physical Education? How is it adapted to the rise of kinesiology, sport and exercise science and human movement studies over the last thirty years? This Handbook provides an authoritative critical overview of the field and identifies future challenges and directions. The Handbook is divided in to six sections: Perspectives and Paradigms in Physical Education Research; Cross-disciplinary Contributions to Research Philosophy; Learning in Physical Education; Teaching Styles and Inclusive Pedagogies; Physical Education Curriculum; and Difference and Diversity in Physical Education.

Game-Centered Approaches to Teaching Physical Education
Game-centered approaches to teaching physical education

The purpose of this chapter is to provide a review of research on game-centered teaching (GCA), specifically the literature stemming from the Teaching Games for Understanding model proposed by Bunker and Thorpe (1982). Initially, this chapter's authors were assigned to “review the games teaching and coaching literature,” however research on game-centered coaching appears to be in the conceptual stage and contains primarily anecdotal accounts proclaiming the merits of the approach. This is not unlike the GCA literature, thus there is hope that a body of research on games-centered coaching will soon emerge and add to the GCA research base. The chapter begins with an historical perspective of the emergence of GCAs, first as it ...

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