Student reflections of Sport Education in one urban Australian primary school

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    This paper explores a Sport Education pilot project as a case study of the approach in a primary school setting. The data was obtained from the end of unit written reflections of a class of upper primary students in an urban Australian primary school. The Sport Education unit of work was implemented by the school's physical education teacher who had the speculative hypothesis that Sport Education held the potential to be a construct through which to engage students that the teacher considered reluctant participants or socially isolated in class (author, 2008). The results expose an optimistic student response to the experience. Six themes emerge from the analysis of the results. They indicate Sport Education can deliver positive products for the class climate as well as for a student's personal and social skill development in a primary school setting. It is evident most students felt more included and motivated, and understood that they had developed skills for working cooperatively with others. Within this optimistic response complexities do emerge and these will be considered for their indications for Sport Education in primary school settings. However, it can be concluded that Sport Education is a curriculum model suitable for primary school physical education.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)29-36
    Number of pages8
    JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education
    Volume1
    Issue number3/4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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