Skill Theme Approach In Physical Education

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604 assignments 1 1) Concepts and structure This essay will first answer what is skill theme approach? It is a model that describes both content of physical education (what to teach) and pedagogy of physical education (how to teach) (Graham, Holt/Hale, & Parker, 2010). In skill theme approach teacher is the instructional leader. Teacher uses shaping process to achieve desired skill movement patterns. Teachers structures the learning, give detailed and repeated instructions, ask large number of questions. Desired performance outcome is modelled. This than proceeds to teacher directed learning activities coupled with high rates of positive and corrective feedback (Metzler, 2011). Skill theme is learned through practice, timely feedback and through…show more content…
“Relating to others is the challenge of ‘walking in others’ shoes” (NZ curriculum, 1999). In skill theme approach all students perceive the same task, presentation, practice and feedback. To move to subsequent task on the list students first must demonstrate mastery of learning task. Each child has some idea of what the other is going through. Therefore, makes it easier to offer and ask for help, and build reciprocal relationships (Metzler, 2011). For example, in a game of soccer to score a goal, team members need to communicate and relate to each…show more content…
Hence have the vocabulary to describe stages of growth. Manross (2000) study (cited in Graham et al, 2010) showed that when students in skill theme approach and games approach were asked to identify critical elements of over hand throw. Students in skill theme approach could identify critical elements of a over hand throw more successfully as compared to students in game approach. Another advantage is that in skill theme activities are selected according to student’s abilities (Graham et al, 2010). This allows students to integrate new learning with previous knowledge. Consequently, students develop the ability to link movement skills to perform movement sequences. Disadvantage One disadvantage of skill theme approach is that since teachers need to observe students as to plan and design task for next relevant learning stage. It must be very time consuming to make specific and informed observation for each individual student. These assessment of skills is also dependent on fatigue and interest. For students who are observed and assessed towards the end of lesson, due to time constraint, their performance could be influenced by fatigue (Pickup & Price, 2007). Therefore, to rush to conclusion that a student doesn’t have a skill will be
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