Teaching and coaching games for understanding
This is the website of the AIESEP TGfU SIG. This is a globally representative group of associations and individuals committed to the promotion and dissemination of scholarly inquiry around ways of knowing, learning and teaching through games centered approaches.
The Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) international task force started in 2002. In 2008 the task force evolved into the first Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Association Internationale des Ecoles Superieures d’Education Physique (AIESEP). The TGfU SIG and its alliance to AIESEP has sustain interest in inquiry into teaching/coaching games and has helped to ensure the maintenance of high level research into the teaching and learning of sport related games.
The purpose of the website is to facilitate the understanding necessary to promote coaches’ and teachers’ insights into how to plan and instruct meaningful and worthwhile games, maximising player learning and enjoyment. Since the early 1980’s an array of innovative approaches to teaching/coaching games have gained credibility in the scholarly literature. These approaches are unified around the premise that the best way to learn the game is to reduce the demands of the complex game or to exaggerate tactical elements of a game by using modified game forms.
These game-based learning experiences are designed to elicit the players’ tactical awareness and skill development from situated learning experiences enabled by the teacher/coach (1) setting the environment, and (2) using appropriate pedagogical skills/tools such as prompts, feedback and/or questioning. Scholarly/professional papers and research studies have recognized the following approaches:
We invite readers to (1) join the SIG and help develop these pages, or (2) submit to the TGfU SIG executive other approaches to teaching and coaching games they wish to be considered with the ones listed here.
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6th International TGfU Conference
In 2016 an international conference in the area of team and racket sport research will be held at the German Sport University in Cologne, Germany.
The Executive committee of the TGfU special interest group is now calling for bids to host the 7th TGfU Conference in 2020. The TGfU Conference is the premier event for the TGfU Special Interest Group and brings together over 300 delegates from across the globe. This is your chance to create a sensational event for your peers! We would strongly encourage you to contact the TGfU secretary, Dr. Stephen Harvey (Stephen.Harvey@mail.wvu.edu) to get a better idea of what organising Conference involves.