Shane Pill (PhD) is an Associate Professor: Physical Education and Sport, at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. He is a Life Member and Fellow of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Shane was a physical education and science teacher for 18 years before moving to an academic career, where he has been at Flinders University since 2006. Shane researches in physical education, sport coaching, coach development, and education leadership. In addition to over 150 scholarly and research publications, he is author of the Play with Purpose books on game sense teaching and coaching, and author and editor of Perspectives on Athlete-Centred Coaching (Routledge, 2018), The Spectrum of Teaching Styles in Physical Education (Routledge, 2020), and Perspectives on Game-Based Coaching (Routledge, 2021), and The Spectrum of Coaching Styles (Routledge, 2021).
Australia has a long history with game-based approaches. For example, in 1954, Bert Willee – legendary Australian physical educator (ACHPER Life Member: dec) who was enthusiastic about the educational values of organised physical activity, published what would now be recognised as a game-based form of lesson in 1954. In 1974, Eric Worthington – a legendary coach developer in Australia (Australian Football (now Football Federation of Australia) Hall of Fame: dec), published Learning & Teaching Soccer Skills which placed teaching principles of play through activities that combine technical and tactical learning as complimentary pairing as the ‘core’ of practice sessions. Yet, learning the game through games is still an innovation for many in physical education and sport coaching. With this in mind, my goals as a member of the TGfU IAB include:
1) Working towards a 7th International Game Sense conference
2) Advocating for and working with others to exemplify the use of game-based approaches for children’s and youth sport.
2) Advocating for and working with others to exemplify the use of game-based approaches to meet the expectation for student development of inquiry, creativity and problem-solving skills in the Movement and Participation Strand of the Australian Curriculum for HPE
3) Working to support researchers interested in game based approaches, and connecting with researchers to identify opportunities for research collaborations.
4) Supporting collaborations between the research, education, recreation and sport sectors.
Williams, L. C. & Willee, A. W. (1954). The technique of teaching: Playground games for secondary boys. Blackie & Son.
Worthington. E. (1974). Learning & teaching soccer skills. Lepus books.
Worthington, E. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Worthington