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Promoting perseverance and challenge in physical education: The missing ingredient for improved games teaching

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)665-684
JournalSport, Education and Society
Issue number5
Early online date23 Aug 2011
Publication statusPublished - 2011


This paper explores critical notions about how improved understandings of students learning experiences within practical learning environments could sensitise teachers to appreciate the complex influences more that affect how levels of challenge and perseverance are constructed by students. The authors, in furthering their critique, build on the model of constructivism developed by Ollis and Sproule. This model attempted in embryonic terms to recognise the specific situational factors that most influenced the minded ways in which students identified and responded to learning challenges. In refining these ideas further the authors specifically consider how teaching games for understanding (TGfU) methodologies could be enhanced by recognising the meta-cognitions of students when constructing rich task led learning episodes. In conclusion, it is posited that comprehending the complexity of learning theory holds considerable promise for the ongoing development of physical education as a valuable and integral part of the school learning experience.

    Research areas

  • Physical education , Challenge, Constructivism, Mindfulness, Games teaching

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