Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Play and Sports Education
Clive C. Pope & Daryl Siedentop
The sports education curriculum model proposed by Daryl Siedentop is astudent-centered innovation designed to exist within a school's physical education program. Here students can be socialized into the adult version of play in a manner that is both positive and educational. The transition from children's play to adult sport forms requires time and appropriate supervision facilitated by teachers. Because sport derives from play, and because it is an important part of our culture, students must be provided with authentic, educationally rich sport experiences so they value sports as a mature form of play. The genesis of sports education lies in Siedentop's early interest in play and in play theory, particularly the work of Johan Huizinga and Roger Caillois, who signaled the importance of play as both a learning experience and a desirable pursuit for both children and adults. At the 1982 Commonwealth Conference, Brisbane, Siedentop first called for play to ...