Australia: A broad overview (April 2013) Wendy Piltz
The focus on quality teaching and learning in games/ sport is well established in Australia with an emphasis on Game Centred Approaches evident in sport coaching, teaching (HPE) in schools and in the University sector in pre-service teacher education.
Research and the Academic community
There is a strong and energetic academic community across all states in Australia who are engaged in research, the development of support curriculum materials/ books/ resources. The AARE conference support special interest focus in HPE. National and State conferences generally include special interest strands in teaching and learning games / sport particularly through the professional organisation ACHPER. There is ongoing professional development workshops on quality pedagogy in games/ sport. International events have also been hosted around this focus in the past. A number of academics have strong links with sporting bodies and are able to work collaboratively to facilitate ongoing improvement of practice.
The overlap of clusters of Universities in various states means that Schools & communities have been exposed to GBA in various ways and a supportive environment for development is established. Strong mentoring and networks in SA/ NSW/ Victoria.
Some Research /Publication: Recent
Pre-service Teacher education curriculums & Human Movement/Coaching
There are a broad diversity of curriculums offered across pre-service teacher institutions in relation to the degree in which game/sport pedagogy is addressed/ embedded into programs. There are examples of fully embedded pedagogy across the program of development however there are also programs where only a single course is allocated for pedagogy in HPE. There are also vast differences in the curriculum and time allocation for courses in primary – middle- secondary programs as well as diversity in the methods, key learning experiences and resources. Having said that, within specialist programs of preparation in HPE/Coaching generally feature contemporary approaches to sport/game pedagogy.
It is difficult to report on all programs of study and the details of them however several have strong coherent connections for game centered approaches and a relationship to the community through Schools.