Shane Pill

Shane Pill
Flinders University · School of Education

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Shane lectures in curriculum studies, physical education and sport. His research interests include curriculum design and enactment, and pedagogy for games and sport teaching, sport coaching and curriculum leadership.Shane is the author of four books on game sense teaching and coaching. Shane was a major contributing writer to the Cricket Australia S'Cool Cricket resource, the Tennis Australia Hot Shots Tennis resource and the revised AFL Sport Education program.
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January 2006 - present
Flinders University
Position
  • Director of Studies: Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity

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Publications (179)
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Background: Coaching is grounded in three knowledge components: professional, interpersonal and intrapersonal knowledge. Coach development research has shown that coaches value contextual, in situ, learning with mentors more highly than formal, mediated programs that are offered by sporting bodies, which often provide generic content. Purpose: The...
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This chapter will raise questions about the instructional strategies used to develop 'decision-makers' in team sports like Australian football (AFL). A pedagogical analysis of the Game Sense coaching approach with an emphasis on deliberate game design for play with purpose and the application of the constraints-led perspective for representative le...
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This example session plan was demonstrated at the 2011 ACHPER International Conference to show some of the elements behind play with purpose through a basketball lesson. Specifically, features consistent with a tactical Game Sense approach to sport teaching, where the objectives emerge from the aim to teach sport for understanding, are emphasised....
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The enactment of the Australian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education (AC:HPE) is intended to be informed by five 'propositions' or Key Ideas, one of which is 'Develop Health Literacy'. Our study occurred at four Tasmanian primary schools and was conducted by a research team consisting of public health and education academics. This team comp...
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This study examined secondary (high) school teachers' experiences of online delivery of health and physical education (HPE) during Covid-19 suppression measures in one Australian state in 2020. Research has noted the use of blended learning and flipped classrooms in HPE, yet little is known about the delivery of fully online school HPE. Semi-struct...
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2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) model, introduced by David Bunker and Rod Thorpe in their initial 1982 A Model for Teaching of Games in Secondary Schools (Bulletin of Physical Education). What is TGfU? The TGfU model was developed to address growing concerns that pupils were leaving school knowing litt...
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This resource was commissioned, and then the contract fell through. If you like the ideas in this resource, then similar Play with Purpose resources are available for Netball, Soccer/Football, Rugby and Australian football: AFL at the ACHPER Resource Portal https://www.achper.org.au/resources/all
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Background In 2018, the Australian Government updated the Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Children and Young People. A requirement of this update was the incorporation of a 24-hour approach to movement, recognising the importance of adequate sleep. The purpose of this paper was to describe how the updated Austral...
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Purpose: In response to the limitations with what has been termed a “traditional” Physical Education method, in the last decade Models-Based Practice (MBP) has emerged as an alternative. However, these limitations were recognized by Mosston in 1966 and from which The Spectrum of Teaching Styles (The Spectrum) was presented as a means toward a more...
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Background: The need to generate empirical evidence regarding the nature of coach development in sports coaching to inform more meaningful coach education programmes is recognised. Understanding the professional development of sport coaches is a developing and growing area of scholarship, with calls for the implementation and evaluation of mentorin...
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In this research, we show how a quality teaching framework can be used with psychology, specifically self-determination theory (SDT), and a Game Sense Approach (GSA) to plan and teach a unit of work as a context-specific version of quality Physical Education. This unit of work using Buroinjin, an Australian Aboriginal traditional game, was taught t...
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The Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (2020a) requires all teachers to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’, culture and history where there is scope to meaningfully do so. However, there is a general absence in Australia and internationally of understan...
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This study aimed to explore teacher experiences of online delivery of physical education (PE). Research has noted the use of blended learning and flipped classrooms in PE, yet little is known about the delivery of fully online school PE. The move to online teaching required by Covid-19 suppression measures in 2020 provided an opportunity to explore...
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Dance is recognised as an effective medium for social skill development as well as learning to move (Russell-Bowie, 2006). Like a lot of movement and physical activity learning, Dance has often been taught by a direct instruction strategy.
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This study explored the experiences of Football Managers and coaching staff in providing care for footballers who are deselected from an elite Australian football (AFL) team and chose to continue playing at the semi-professional state-league level. Deselected athletes are particularly vulnerable to difficult transitions because they have little con...
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Purpose: Self-study is used to report Author 1’s attempts at introducing Asian games in teaching a new unit as part of physical education teacher education at an Australian university. Method: Author 1’s diary and reflective journal extracts as well as contemporary and historical documents were our data sources. Critical incidents were identified f...
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Many health attitudes and behaviors formed during childhood are sustained through to adulthood, therefore childhood is a critical time to develop health literacy. Primary schools provide an ideal environment to equip children with lifelong health skills, understanding and knowledge. Through semi-structured interviews, this study gathered primary sc...
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One of the three overarching aims of the Sport Education model is game competency. Competency is a multi-faceted ability comprising perception, decision-making, and at-action motor ability to successfully meet the performance demands of the moment in play. In this paper, we explain how to position teaching for game competency attainment within the...
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The teaching of sport and sport-related games are integral components of Australian physical education programs. The question confronting teachers of physical education is not whether sport is a component of physical education but why particular pedagogical models should guide the construction of curricula and the enactment of teaching. We argue th...
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Objective: To ascertain teachers’ articulation and experiences of navigating dilemmas that inhibit and/or enable the fostering of health literacy in primary school settings. Design: Qualitative analysis of teachers’ written reflections on introducing health literacy into their school and classroom. Setting: Tasmania, Australia. Method: Eighty-four...
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Background: Sport Education (SE: Siedentop, D. 1994. Sport Education: Quality PE through Positive Sport Experiences. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics) remains the most researched of all the pedagogical models and thus has the strongest body of evidence that it has the potential to deliver on psychomotor, cognitive and affective student learning outcom...
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Purpose International work integrated learning (iWIL) placements for university students are widely promoted within universities. However, they cannot be offered and sustained without a great deal of time and effort; most commonly the responsibility of an assigned university facilitator. Preparation and support are essential for a positive student...
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Contemporarily Australian Indigenous peoples are portrayed by white Australians according to deficit understandings. As well as being inaccurate, this depiction, as part of a long-term civilising process, is an expression of ‘fantasy-laden thinking’ [Mennell, S., & Goudsblom, J. (1998). Introduction. In S. Mennell & J. Goudsblom (Eds.), Norbert Eli...
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Game-based approaches have arguably been recognised in coaching since the late 1960’s. One of my favourite books is Grehaigne, Richard and Griffin’s (2005) Teaching and Learning Team Sports and Games, and in it they reference the earlier work of Deleplace and Mahlo. The work of Deleplace (1966, 1972, 1979), Wade (1967), Mahlo (1969) and Worthington...
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Game based pedagogical approaches for games and sport teaching have been distinguished by some authors through the more prominent emphasis on guided discovery teaching and player reflective thinking than what occurs in the more historically common sport-as-sport techniques approach, which is exemplified by a ‘transmission’ method of instruction. In...
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Drawing on the concept of the sport coach as educator (Jones, 2006) and the idea of an ‘everyday’ philosophy of teaching developed by Green (1998, 2000, 2002) we create a dialogue between two coach educators who are also practicing coaches to explore the idea that game-based coaching has been better accepted in coach education, policy and academic...
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The evolution of contemporary instructional practices including share common and complementary pedagogical features. However, research has demonstrated that the instructional practices of tennis coaches align to the traditional pedagogical framing of the reproduction of sport as techniques and directive coaching (Hewitt, 2015). Empirical insights a...
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The traditional approach to skill learning involved breaking the skill down into its parts and then progressively reassembling the movement pattern beginning with highly simplified movements performed under controlled, or 'closed' , training conditions. This skill and drill directive approach to sport skill learning separated the performance of the...
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I have been working with the idea of game sense coaching since being introduced to the concept of game sense through Rick Charlesworth’s designer games approach in 1994. In this chapter, I reflect briefly of my change from a transmission orientated coach to Game Sense coaching. Using a training session from when I worked in a semi-professional stat...
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The purpose of this study was to explore professional soccer coaches’ interpretations of features suggesting players’ game understanding across the age phases of professional academy youth soccer in England, with particular attention paid to the role of strategic understanding. Semistructured interviews were conducted with coaches ( n = 19) of play...
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Background: There have been calls for research that provides a description of how physical education teachers persist in integrating student-centred pedagogical models, such as Sport Education (SE), in their professional practice [Hastie, P. A., and T. Wallhead. 2016. ‘Models-Based Practice in Physical Education: The Case for Sport Education.’ Jour...
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The HealthLit4Kids program aims to build health literacy in a participatory and contextually relevant way. Whole-of-school and curriculum strategies aim to empower and build capacity to make informed health choices amongst students, teachers, parents, and their local community. The aim of this study was to evaluate the HealthLit4Kids program from t...
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The HealthLit4Kids program aims to build health literacy in a participatory and contextually relevant way. Whole-of-school and curriculum strategies aim to empower and build capacity to make informed health choices amongst students, teachers, parents, and their local community. The aim of this study was to evaluate the HealthLit4Kids program from t...
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The Adelaide (Crows) Football Club celebrates 20 years in 2011. No doubt much will be made of and written about the period and events leading up to and culminating in the arrival of the Adelaide Football Club into the Australian Football League. However, there was an Adelaide Football Club in Adelaide and instrumental in the embryonic shaping of th...
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I watched the unbridled enthusiasm of my three boys as they loaded Assassins Creed onto the new computer, one with an interactive touch screen which I was informed was ’just like the one on NCIS’. Their barely contained enthusiasm for the gaming experience they were about to share initiated a sort of ‘mental reckoning’. As a sport coach and sport t...
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This article describes the concept of “driveway tennis” as a construct for student games making in physical education as an option for teaching sport for understanding. We connect the notion of games making in PE with a game-based teaching approach using the example of the Game Sense approach. We demonstrate how the concept of driveway tennis, and...
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This project investigated how Australian Capital Territory (ACT) teachers of physical education (PE) assess games and sports as a Focus Area in the Australian curriculum health and physical education (AC: HPE). Figurational sociology, including the concept of habitus was used to inform the study and make sense of the findings. The figuration we exa...
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Purpose: The research applies a multidisciplinary perspective to create knowledge and insight about the opportunities that digital game design principles offer to physical education (PE) pedagogy. Methods: Data were initially collected through an appreciative inquiry (AI). AI offers an alternative research perspective to critical theory that has do...
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The aim of this research was to investigate the current life skills education programs offered by the Australian Football League (AFL) for elite footballers in order to determine the retention of life skill knowledge and transfer beyond sport. Life skill education in sport is an increasing phenomenon. Life skills sport programs are capable of deliv...
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Purpose: To explore a teacher educator professional learning opportunity within the context of a taught unit of work at a government primary school in Canberra, Australia’s national capital. The unit of work focus was a traditional Australian Aboriginal game taught using a Game Sense Approach to deliver a socially just version of quality physical e...
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This chapter outlines the research that supports the need for and value of FMS attainment, what Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) are, and an introduction to teaching and assessing FMS. Through a well taught primary years physical education (PE) program students can be assisted to achieve the FMS competency attainment expected within the achievemen...
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In this chapter, we explore motor development and its role in child development. Research continually identifies that movement plays a key role in motor, social, emotion and cognitive development. This chapter aims to assist you to gain clear theoretical understandings of the basis of motor development as a cumulative process related to, but depend...
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This paper reviews empirical research exploring primary/elementary school aged children movement competence assessment over the twenty year period, 1997-2017. The review occurs within the context of a recent global report into children’s physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and movement competence revealing many children reach adolescence with p...
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The message of physical education (PE) has been one of a ‘contested ground’ with regular debate around its purpose, alongside conceptual confusions. A major channel of communication that strongly influences public perceptions is through mainstream media, yet how media platforms have reported on the PE profession has received a scarcity of research...
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This article reports the findings of a scoping review of the use of small-sided games (SSGs) as a teaching or coaching pedagogy across four game categories. The selection criteria included empirical research available online, published after January 1 2006 and prior to December 31, 2016, in an academic journal. The data were analysed through an ind...
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A key feature of any coach’s role is to decide on the most appropriate approach to develop player learning and performance at any given time. When coaching games, these decisions are even more challenging due to the interactive nature of games themselves and, in team games, this interactivity is heightened. Therefore, proponents of various approach...
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Purpose : The research applies a multidisciplinary perspective to create knowledge and insight about the opportunities that digital game design principles offer to physical education (PE) pedagogy. Methods : Data were initially collected through an appreciative inquiry (AI). AI offers an alternative research perspective to critical theory that has...
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This research investigated what the term Quality Physical Education (QPE) meant to Health and Physical Education (HPE) teachers in Australian Capital Territory (ACT) schools. A total of 14 HPE teachers who taught middle school or above, representing government and independent schools, took part in focus group interviews about their understanding of...
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Objective The purpose of this study was to examine how pre-service physical education (PE) teacher education students understand health education and their role as health educators. The challenges that a cohort of pre-service teachers ( n = 20) majoring and minoring in PE face in engaging in a socially contextualised understanding of health are exa...
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Although some may think of game-based teaching as a ‘tactical’ teaching style instructionally distinctive by an emphasis on guided discovery, this article shows that it is more accurate to think of it as a range of teaching styles or a ‘toolkit’ of styles. Mosston and Ashworth's spectrum of teaching styles is used to analyze examples of learning ex...
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In a games-based approach, the idea of understanding is located within the concept of games as decision-laden, problem-solving contexts. However, the concept of "understanding" is largely implicit in much of the germane literature. We are arguing for a more deliberate framework to approach the concept of understanding. We propose that the game-base...
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Prior to 2005, it was not known what teaching styles were used for physical education (PE) in the state of Queensland, Australia. In order to explore the effect that teachers’ beliefs about teaching styles influenced their self-reported use, Cothran et al. (Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 76(2), 193–201, 2005) conducted a study in which...
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The purpose of this investigation was to compare the effects of altering the number of players during 'small sided games' on the possession characteristics within a youth under10 football setting. Two modified 'small sided game' versions of 12 a side and 15 a side in accordance to the Australian Football League (AFL) junior match policy were used t...
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Cilj ovog istraživanja bio je usporediti učinke mijenjanja broja igrača tokom ‘small sided games’ na igračku poziciju kod mladih fudbalera (ispod 10 godina). Dvije modifikovane verzije strateške igre od 12 i 15 igrača koje su u skladu sa pravilima Australijske fudbalske lige (AFL) za juniore korištene su za upoređivanje sa uobičajenom formacijom od...
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In recent years, physical literacy (PL) has been the subject of increased publication, promotion, and speculation in physical education (PE). This research sought to understand how PE teachers interpret PL. We investigated teacher’s conceptualisations, understandings, practices, and ideas of ‘what’ PL stands for through a #Chat conversation with ph...
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The Game Sense coaching approach is founded on expectations of game-based practice as the game (or game form) becomes the focus and starting point of practice. The theory of affordances, a conceptual pillar of ecological modelling of perception and action in sport leading to a constraints-led game design perspective, provides a basis for understand...
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The Game Sense approach (GSA) helps sport teachers adopt a pedagogical toolkit for the complex interplay of collective decision making in tennis that evolves from the dynamics of momentary configurations of play meeting the personal coordination dynamics of the players. This pedagogical toolkit emphasises game-based play to teach players how to per...
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The Game Sense teaching and coaching approach is a game-based and player-centred sport teaching pedagogy that foregrounds the development of “thinking players” (Australian Sports Commission 1996; den Duyn 1997). Unlike the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) model (Figure 1), which involves a linear, six-step tacticalto- technical process (Bunk...
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The main purpose of this paper was to present the findings of research completed on the reported teaching styles (based on the work of Mosston and Ashworth 2002) that 110 teachers of Queensland Senior Physical Education believed they used, and to establish how often they believed they used them. Participants included 110 secondary school physical e...
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This study analyzes the 2004 Queensland Physical Education (PE) Senior Syllabus to ascertain to what extent it is developing physically educated students. The 2004 QSPES is a fundamental document relevant to the teaching of PE (in Years 11 and 12 of high school) in the Australian state of Queensland. Kirk’s (1988) notion of a physically educated pe...
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Over the past decade, there has been ongoing debate relating to the use of suitable pedagogical approaches for designing learning environments to develop skillful games players. There has, however, been little consideration of the “digital age of learning” and the global success of the digital video game industry. Using the educational work of Jame...
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Underpinned by a philosophy of empowerment, athlete-centred approaches to coaching are defined by a style that promotes learning through ownership, responsibility, initiative and awareness. Perspectives on Athlete-Centred Coaching offers an in-depth theoretical examination of player-focused coaching models, and provides professional guidance for pr...
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Many physical education curriculum frameworks include statements about the inclusion of critical inquiry processes and the development of creativity and problem-solving skills. The learning environment created by physical education can encourage or limit the application and development of the learners' cognitive resources for critical and creative...
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The role of Physical Education (PE) in Australia is multifaceted, with physical activity (PA) participation recognised as the means by which a variety of learning outcomes are achieved. There is evidence to suggest that PA accrued during PE has the potential to be health enhancing. It may also be the only opportunity for some children, especially t...
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This literature review investigated current and emerging pedagogical directions indicated to physical education (PE) teachers in the research literature. The search strategy used the Google Scholar database to initiate the scan, and then extended into other data bases well as the reference lists of published papers to locate relevant studies. Crite...
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Inclusive Education (IE) has been an important aspect of the Australian education system for several decades (Armstrong, Armstrong & Barton, 2009). Students with disabilities (SWD) have a right to IE (Disability and Discrimination Act [DDA], 1992) and their development requires support, facilitation and the skill set from teachers to provide meanin...
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This paper reports research undertaken with seven secondary (Year 7-12) physical education (PE) teachers from different metropolitan schools to investigate the use of models based practice (MBP). A qualitative and interpretivist stance was taken to the interview data to examine the teachers’ familiarity with, and implementation of, MBP. Following i...
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This paper reports research undertaken with seven secondary (Year 7-12) physical education (PE) teachers from different metropolitan schools to investigate the use of models based practice (MBP). A qualitative and interpretivist stance was taken to the interview data to examine the teachers’ familiarity with, and implementation of, MBP. Following i...