The PE Playbook – April 2017 Edition

Welcome to the April 2017 Edition of the PE Playbook. The PE Playbook is a review of blog posts over the past month that are specific to Physical Education or Youth Sport. Its about bringing these blog posts into a format that is easy to find, use and share. Hopefully this will result in more PE Teachers (and others) reading them and engaging with them. If you have any feedback about the presentation or content of the PE Playbook then please let me know in the comments section of this post or via @ImSporticusPrevious Editions of the PE Playbook can be found here.

Tim Buszard and James Rudd are both academics in PE and Sport, with a focus on Skill Acquisition. They have jointly set up a website called Skill Acquisition Research which is dedicated to reporting the latest in skill acquisition research. A downside of being in a very close knit PE department is that we can sometimes fall into the trap of group think. Things are good because we all thinking it, we all think it there for it is all good. What Tim and James offer on this website is some bitesize information about skill acquisition research and a thread to go explore. I’ve shared Which way should I hold the bat? Challenging convention in cricket and Teach the textbook technique or encourage multiple solutions? before the start of this terms cricket season and it has generated interesting discussions about the way we approach our delivery in cricket. Be Careful What You Instruct: Working Memory Capacity & Decision Making and Contextual interference in hockey: Support for game-play offer a challenge and potential advice if wanting to make a move away from the traditional sport as sports technique that seem to dominate a PE curriculum. I hope to see this website updated regularly as It can help us to base more of our practice on evidence and to be used as a starting point of debate and critique within our departments.

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