Introduction to the spectrum

Hewitt, Mitch and SueSee, Brendan and Pill, Shane (2020) Introduction to the spectrum. In: The spectrum of teaching styles in physical education. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), London, United Kingdom, pp. 1-13. ISBN 978-0-367-35718-4


With over 100 published research initiatives, Mosston and Ashworth’s Spectrum of Teaching Styles is one of the most researched theories in relation to physical education pedagogy. In most cases, the claims in connection to The Spectrum have been validated, demonstrating that reproduction and production clusters are effective in promoting motor skill acquisition in school-age and college-age students. Learners taught using Reciprocal Style, Self-check and Inclusion Styles have revealed higher gains of knowledge compared to learners who receive instruction that does not require them to formally assess performance. Finally, increased levels of autonomy and perceived control, along with higher levels of physical and cognitive involvement, have additionally been reported by students educated using the Reciprocal Style (Goldberger, Ashworth & Byra, 2009). Despite this, The Spectrum may seem foreign and complex to many teachers with its 11 teaching styles. This chapter introduces The Spectrum and the chapters that follow which present examples of how a variety of teachers, coaches and academics have employed The Spectrum by applying their own perspective to it. Rather than it just being a theory, the contributing authors have ‘breathed life’ into it by incorporating it in their own way in diverse environments.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2020 05:24
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2021 05:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: spectrum theory; physical education
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
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