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J3 lecture theatre, The University of Auckland, Faculty of Education and Social Work

74 Epsom Ave

Auckland, Auckland 1023

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Supporting children to be active, confident and skilful: Moving beyond fundamental movement skills

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In this presentation we provide an overview of the philosophy and ideas that underpin teaching children to be active, confident and skilful participants in play, games and sport. This philosophy represents a significant shift from the idea of teaching fundamental movement skills and recognises the importance of well-structured play experiences. When play is positioned as being central to learning, children’s learning extends beyond the physical competencies and confidence to play games to also develop a sense of who they are among others (an appreciation of their strengthens and weaknesses), a sense of belonging (when accepted and appreciated by others) and a sense of community (when valued by a team or group). When these outcomes are cumulative and positive, they are likely to encourage life-filling and perhaps even lifelong engagement in enjoyable physical activity. The challenge for teachers and coaches is to provide well-structured activities that enable these positive outcomes for all and not just the physically elite.

The presentation will focus on addressing the following ideas:

  1. Play is central to learning.
  2. Games provide a range of learning experiences.
  3. The play context should be appropriate to the learners’ capabilities.
  4. Play contexts that provide high levels of engagement and challenge are best.
  5. Games can affirm and validate the culture/s of learners.
  6. Through play learners develop their personal and social identity as well as physical competence.

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Alan Ovens: Alan is an Associate Professor in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of Auckland. His main teaching and research interests revolve around teaching Health and Physical Education, understanding the complex nature of learning, and educational sociology. He has been the President of Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ) and chair of the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) international special interest group.

Wayne Smith: Wayne is an Associate Professor in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of Auckland. His research and teaching interests are in socially-critical pedagogy in physical education and skill learning. He has been the Deputy Dean of the Faculty and from 2002-2009 was the Head of Programme of the Bachelor of Physical Education.

Margot Bowes: Margot is an independent educational consultant in Health and Physical Education. She has been a key figure in the development of NCEA achievement standards and scholarship in Physical Education. She has been President of Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ) and earlier this year was awarded a life membership to PENZ for her leadership and service to the organisation.

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J3 lecture theatre, The University of Auckland, Faculty of Education and Social Work

74 Epsom Ave

Auckland, Auckland 1023

New Zealand

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