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Game Sense is an exciting and innovative approach
to coaching and physical education that places the
game at the heart of the session. It encourages the
player to develop skills in a realistic context, to
become more tactically aware, to make better
decisions and to have more fun. (Light, 2013, p. 14)
Game Sense is a comprehensive, research-informed
introduction to the Game Sense approach that
defines and explores key concepts and essential
pedagogical theory, and that offers an extensive
series of practical examples and plans for using
Game Sense in real teaching and coaching situations.
(Light, 2013, p. 17)
How is Game Sense used
Game sense is used along with an appreciative inquiry
based learning where by the learning of sport skills is
learned while playing the game as opposed to learning it
through a more traditional ‘technique’ based learning
system (Pill, 2016, p. 281)
This idea revolves around the notion that children learn
better through inquiry rather than through drilling a
So rather than learning a particular skill and then the
game children are encouraged to learn whilst playing
Why Game Sense?
Traditionally lessons are too focused on
movement compliance where the teacher
predominantly uses directive teaching, teaching
only one skill at a time
Multi activity program designs where students
move through a series of movement skills
without enough time to become competent in
them of transfer the concepts of one unit of work
Game Sense teaching is the application of technique
in the context of play, therefore tactical, technique
and fitness components are taught contextually in a
designer game to represent the “whole” and offer
means of integrated tactical and technical learning.
This is as opposed to a tradition teaching approach
focusing on singular skills (O,Leary, 2016).
This approach is taking form currently and is growing
with followers. This approach is a fundamental
improvement on the traditional approach as children
have the ability to start playing and enjoying
themselves from the onset
Light, R., Ebooks Corporation, & ProQuest. (2013). Game sense
pedagogy for performance, participation and enjoyment
(Routledge studies in physical education and youth sport). Milton
Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York: Routledge.
Pill, S. (2016). An appreciative inquiry exploring game sense
teaching in physical education. Sport, Education and Society,
O’Leary, N. (2016). Learning informally to use the
‘full version’ of teaching games for understanding.
European Physical Education Review,