Researching Sport Education Appreciatively

Shane Pill, Peter Hastie

APA 6th edition
Pill, S., & Hastie, P. (2016). Researching Sport Education Appreciatively. European Journal of Educational Research, 5(4), 189-200. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.5.4.189

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Pill, Shane and Hastie, Peter . "Researching Sport Education Appreciatively". (2016)European Journal of Educational Research 5, no. 4(2016): 189-200. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.5.4.189


In order to plan and enact appropriate learning environments in physical education (PE) teachers are increasingly directed to models based practice. The Sport Education model is one of these models for PE curriculum and teaching design that informs the content and pedagogical direction of sport teaching in PE. Despite Sport Education being well researched internationally, there are few examples of research consideration of this model in Australian PE in the last ten years. In this paper the aim is to appreciatively examine two secondary school PE teachers use of the Sport Education model in the context of their familiarisation of the new Australian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education. At the same time, exploring the use of Appreciative Inquiry to examine models based practice in PE was also an aim of the study. Data were collected from pre and post interviews with the teachers and an end of unit survey of the Year 9 students undertaking the Sport Education unit. The Sport Education model was found to be most suitable to teaching for student evidence of the personal and social skills elements of the Achievement Standard. Appreciative Inquiry was found to be suitable for foregrounding existing examples of teacher use of models based practice, highlighting what it is about the teachers that led them to stay with the model when the literature particular to Australian PE suggests mostly a continuation of the “traditional” physical education method.

Keywords: physical, education, sport, appreciative, inquiry


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