The critical role of Pedagogy in the formulation of theories for the teaching of Physical Education and Sports

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Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, Faculty of Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria


A spectrum of teaching styles was developed in the mid 1960s with a view to create some cohesiveness around teaching behaviour. The spectrum was designed not with the intent of prescribing specific teaching practices for the teachers, but as a prompt for teachers to reflect on their teaching act. This study analyzed the critical role of pedagogy in the formulation of theories for the teaching of Physical Education and sports. The ways in which people think about pedagogy are underpinned or informed by particular knowledge paradigms and ways of perceiving the world. The review covered conceptual orientations on pedagogy from science and didactic perspectives including learning and behaviourism theories. Briggs (2003) 3p model was adapted; the model examined the interrelationships of presage, process and product variables in the teaching learning process. The study concluded that personal development is a perquisite for effective teaching because different orientations and approaches exist. Thus, it could be asserted that teaching theories in physical education and sports are founded on pedagogical knowledge of teachers, therefore, whatever theory the teacher adopts, the root is traceable to pedagogy.



Pedagogy, theories, Physical education, sports