Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Student Teachers' Tactical Games Teaching

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Student Teachers' Tactical Games Teaching

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Extensive research pertaining to student teaching is prevalent in physical education literature. Lacking however, is student teachers' (STs') implementation of a curricular innovation. The innovation involved in this study was the tactical games approach. This study examined 49 STs' actions and perspectives when implementing the curricular innovation. Each ST was required to teach a 10-lesson unit in an invasion, net/barrier or striking/fielding game. STs' compliance was monitored by cooperating teachers and university supervisors. Research questions pertained to the STs' successes and failures implementing the innovation, including facilitators and hindrances that influenced their teaching. The researchers were also interested to determine what STs thought could be improved in their teacher preparation program to better prepare them for tactical games teaching. Finally, 41 participants volunteered to be surveyed a year after teaching in a school full-time, to determine if they continued to use the tactical approach when teaching games. Data were collected via interviews and follow-up questionnaires. Questions for interviews and questionnaires were pilot tested a year earlier using 10 STs who were not part of the formal study. Original questions were devised by the researchers as a result of an extensive review of curricular innovation and student teaching literature. …

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