Play with Purpose: Game Sense to Sport Literacy (Revised 3rd Edition) is a compilation of ideas and activities produced from over twenty years of working with a game-centred Game Sense and Sport Education approach to physical education games and sport teaching. It has been trialled in schools and at numerous workshops conducted at Health and Physical Education conferences.
It includes more than 70 modified and lead up games that have been successfully used with students to promote game-centred sport learning. The approach in this text asks the teacher, using key questions, to consider teaching students an understanding of a game, and helping them gain the confidence to transfer the skills and knowledge across games types. This will lead to enhanced self-concepts and greater levels of sustained involvement in physical activity compared to traditional skill and drill approaches. The text includes ideas to teach in, through and about sport and links to the student achievement standards of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education.
The book is a great support for the physical education and sport education program in schools and in the junior sport coaching environment. It helps keep the motivation in sport related games learning by emphasising understanding of the game and strategies to assist teachers accelerate skill learning.
It is ideal for classroom teachers looking for ideas and activities as well as specialist physical education teachers keen to take the games for understanding approach further. A feature of the book is its relevance for teachers and students from primary to the middle years of secondary school.