The Spectrum of Teaching Styles in Physical Education

Brendan SueSee (Editor), Mitch Hewitt (Editor), Shane Pill (Editor)

Research output: Book/ReportBook


his is the first in-depth, practice-focused book to explain ‘spectrum theory’
and its application in physical education and sports coaching. Spectrum
theory identifies 11 distinct teaching styles, with decision making as a central
characteristic, and allows teachers to select age and developmentally appropriate styles across social, physical, ethical, emotional and cognitive channels.
The book brings together leading thinkers in spectrum theory, to demonstrate
how it can be applied to improve teaching and learning in PE and coaching.
Drawing on real-world research in schools and universities, the book considers the history of spectrum theory, and examines its significance across
important areas such as physical education teacher education, sport pedagogy,
teacher development, models such as Games Sense and Teaching Games for
Understanding, skill acquisition and student learning and perception. Every
chapter highlights the practical implications of research in real-world settings
and considers how spectrum theory can enhance learning experiences.
This book is invaluable reading for all pre-service and in-service school
physical education teachers, sports coaches, school pedagogical leaders and
college lecturers.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages198
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-429-34134-2
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-35718-4
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • spectrum theory
  • physical education
  • sports coaching
  • teaching styles
  • practice-focused

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