2nd International Conference:
Teaching Sport and Physical Education for understanding
Thursday 11 December to Sunday 14 December 2003
to be held at
The University of Melbourne
Significant changes in the meaning and practice of education over the past few decades challenge physical educators to develop and implement innovative practices that can advance the relevance and value of physical education. Coaches of sport at all levels must also strive to improve the effectiveness of their coaching and its relevance for young athletes. First promoted two decades ago Bunker and Thorpe's Teaching Games for Understanding model has attracted growing interest from both the physical education field and the coaching community. It offers one means through which teachers and coaches can develop better games players, provide educationally valuable experiences of games and contribute to making young people's experiences of games and sport rewarding, relevant and enjoyable.
Following on from the success of the first international conference on teaching sport and physical education for understanding at New Hampshire, USA in 2001 The University of Melbourne and The University of Tasmania will jointly promote the second International Conference: Teaching Sport and Physical Education for Understanding from December 12th to December 14th 2003 at The University of Melbourne. This conference is aimed at promoting the development of teaching and coaching approaches that recognise and account for the complexity of learning in physical activity and the essentially contextual nature of skilled performance through debate and the sharing of ideas from researchers, teachers and coaches. While the TGfU model presents an excellent example of this approach we hope that this conference will bring together researchers and practitioners working with TGfU and other conceptual approaches to teaching and coaching, not only in sport and games but in any other sport or physical activity. It is clearly aimed at bringing together researchers, teachers and coaches to share ideas, disseminate knowledge and advance teaching and coaching approaches.
Key Note Speakers
The Conference Site
For international delegates interested in attending the Melbourne conference it is worth noting that the Australian Association for Research in Education is holding its annual conference in Auckland, New Zealand a week prior to the Melbourne conference. AARE has a very large and active health and physical education Special Interest Group and provides the major conference at which those in the field gather. The AARE conference might offer an ideal stop over on the way to Australia.
Richard Light (The University