Recent trends in research literature on game based approaches to teaching and coaching games

Kendall Jarrett, Stephen Harvey

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As suggested by Curry and Light in chapter nine, the expanding output of research on games-based approaches (GBAs) over the past decade has not been reflected in expanding utilisation of GBAs in school-based physical education programmes and club-based sport coaching environments. Reasons for this lack of ‘uptake’ are varied and range from a lack of exposure to effective GBA professional development opportunities to the prolonged acceptance of a performative culture often embedded within physical education and youth sport programmes (Harvey and Jarrett, 2012; Dismore and Bailey, 2010). The literature on games teaching published since Oslin and Mitchell’s review of GBAs in 2006 continues to acknowledge the many benefits of using GBAs, but also acknowledges, and to a lesser extent addresses, the key challenges associated with the employment of learner-centred and GBA pedagogies. This chapter provides an overview of post-2005 research trends in the GBA literature to identify and discuss the prominent themes that arose from this meta-analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary developments in games teaching
EditorsR. Light, J. Quay, S. Harvey, A. Mooney
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780203797730
ISBN (Print)9780415821193
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2013

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NameRoutledge Studies in Physical Education and Youth Sport


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