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Webb, P. I., Pearson, P. J. & Mckeen, K. (2006). A model for professional development of teaching games for understanding for teachers in New South Wales, Australia. In R. Liu, C. Li & A. Cruz (Eds.), Teaching Games for Understanding in the Asia-Pacific Region (pp. 18-24). Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Institute of Education.


With the advent of a new syllabus for secondary schools (years 7-10) and a quality teaching focus in New South Wales schools the Australian Council of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER, New South Wales) determined that there was a need for the professional development of teachers in teaching games for understanding (TGfU) and relating this to the new syllabus. The result was a full day professional development workshop for teachers of which five have been held and which approximately 200 teachers have attended. This paper will address the content of the workshop and respondents comments about the workshop.

The format for the day was: a review of the literature and key definitions of teaching games for understanding (TGfU) and relating it to the new syllabus (45 minutes), practical sessions 1 and 2 (approximately 1.5 hours each) and programming TGfU and the new syllabus ( 1.5 hours) . The paper will clearly outline the content for each of these sessions including the practical components. The teachers responses indicated that it was highly beneficial with a good mix of practical and theory.

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