An investigation into teaching games for understanding

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Adrian P. Turner (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Thomas J. Martinek

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to test the validity of the games for understanding (GFU) model by comparing it to a technique approach to instruction and to a control group. The technique method focused primarily on skill instruction where the skill taught initially was incorporated into a game at the end of each lesson. The GFU approach emphasized the development of tactical awareness and decision-making in small game situations. Two physical education specialists taught field hockey using these approaches. Both teachers used each approach with different groups. The control group did not receive hockey instruction. Data were collected from 71 middle school children. Pretests and posttests were administered for hockey knowledge, skill and game performance. The treatments lasted for 15 (45 minute) lessons. The teachers recorded their thoughts about the lessons in journals after each class. Student perceptions were also recorded during interviews in the penultimate week of the study.

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Language: English
Date: 1995
Physical education and training $x Study and teaching
Hockey $x Study and teaching

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