Game Sense for Teaching and Coaching

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Game based teaching and coaching

Game based teaching and coaching presents an exciting alternative to instruction that focuses on learning technique in the teaching of games in physical education and coaching sport. The games approach turns traditional teaching and coaching on its head by focusing on the game instead of reducing it to its component parts such as technique. Instead of having to learn the techniques of a sport students and players learn them in the game through the use of modified games and game-like activities. Over the past decade or two there has been ever increasing interest in Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) Game Sense and other game based approaches that has been described as a movement. Beginning with first International Teaching Games for Understanding Conference in New Hampshire, USA in 2001 attendances at this series of conference has been consistently strong. These have been augmented by seminars at global conferences such as the AIESEP World Congress and some smaller conferences with a more regional focus such as at The University of Sydney in 2006 and 2013 and in Taiwan in 2014.


Collaboration between a group of universities in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Taiwan has given rise to the Game Sense for Teaching and Coaching Conferences convened as smaller, more locally focused events run in one day or two day formats. The 2015 Game Sense for Teachers and Coaches Conference at The University of Canterbury will continue this tradition of more regionally focused for a for meeting, sharing and developing research and practice in game based approaches, leading into the Physical Education New Zealand leadership seminars November 19-20.


In addition to Keynote and Invited presentations, there will be three sets of parallel sessions, with presentations each 15 minutes in duration with a 10-minute period at the end of the session for questions and discussion involving all speakers. The session streams will be approximately separated into Coaching and Teaching. Full conference paper submissions are invited to accompany oral presentations, and will accepted submissions are eligible for publication in the peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings


Researchers are invited to publish in the peer reviewed Conference Proceedings that will be published on line in 2016. As peer reviewed publications, papers published in the conference proceedings are Quality Assured. To be eligible for publication authors must register for day one, have their abstract accepted for presentation and present it.

Day One

Day one at The University of Canterbury conference will feature some of the leading figures in game based approaches to teaching and coaching with Associate Professor Stephen Harvey (West Virginia University) delivering the keynote and Associate Professors John Evans (university of Sydney) and Warren Young (federation University) as invited speakers.

Day Two

Day two is teachers and coaches day where experts will demonstrate Game Sense in action across a range of popular sports and structured sessions for discussion and the debate of ideas.

Conference Programme