Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Place of Publication

Perth, Western Australia


Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre (SPARC)


Medland, A., Thorpe, S., Alexander, K., & Taggart, A. (1994). Sharing teachers' stories of sport education : a summary of findings from the 1994 national SEPEP trials. Perth, Australia: Edith Cowan University.


Sport Education is an innovative curriculum model, increasingly used as a component of upper primary and secondary school physical education programs and exhibiting many parallels with community junior sport. Within normally scheduled physical education lessons, mixed ability teams are formed at the start of a 20 session (approximately) competitive "season".

In addition to the aim of helping students learn to become good players, Sport Education encourages students to fulfil other roles such as umpiring, acting as a team coach, manager or captain, serving on a sports management board or duty team and working as a publicity officer/journalist. As students assume greater responsibility for learn1hg, teachers relinquish traditional "up-front" direct teaching roles, often moving off-centre stage to facilitate social, knowledge and skill learning through a range of student-centred learning strategies. The Sport Education model is a process with a potential for educating children into good sporting behaviour and embodies a number of characteristics...