Play with Purpose: Game Sense to Sport Literacy (Revised 3rd Edition) is a compilation of ideas and activities produced from over twenty years of working with a game-centred Game Sense and Sport Education approach to physical education games and sport teaching. It has been trialled in schools and at numerous workshops conducted at Health and Physical Education conferences.
It includes more than 70 modified and lead up games that have been successfully used with students to promote game-centred sport learning. The approach in this text asks the teacher, using key questions, to consider teaching students an understanding of a game, and helping them gain the confidence to transfer the skills and knowledge across games types. This will lead to enhanced self-concepts and greater levels of sustained involvement in physical activity compared to traditional skill and drill approaches. The text includes ideas to teach in, through and about sport and links to the student achievement standards if the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education.
The book is a great support for the physical education and sport education program in schools and in the junior sport coaching environment. It helps keep the motivation in sport related games learning by emphasising understanding of the game and strategies to assist teachers accelerate skill learning.
It is ideal for classroom teachers looking for ideas and activities as well as specialist physical education teachers keen to take the games for understanding approach further. A feature of the book is its relevance for teachers and students from primary to the middle years of secondary school.
About the Author:
Shane Pill began teaching physical education and sport coaching at Christian Brothers Fremantle in 1988. Since then, he has successfully coached triathalon, Australian football, cricket, basketball, netball, touch and soccer in school and community sports programs for children aged between 7-18 years. He has been a Head of Department: Health and Physical Education, School Sport Coordinator, Assistant and Deputy Principal before beginning a career in tertiary physical education and sport studies at Flinders University in 2006.
Shane’s PhD was in the field of sport teaching in physical education. He is the author of popular physical education games teaching text Play with Purpose: Game Sense to Sport Literacy, Play with Purpose: The Game Sense Coaching Approach for Australian Football (AFL), and Play with Purpose: For Fundamental Movement Skills Teaching.