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Between hope and happening: Problematizing the M and the P in models-based practice
School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, UK.
Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Limerick, Ireland.
The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Stockholm, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8748-8843
2021 (English)In: Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, ISSN 1740-8989, E-ISSN 1742-5786, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 111-122Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Advocacy through the work of many scholars in physical education and sport pedagogy highlights a significant direction towards which physical education is moving in light of calls for change. Importantly, and despite the 'newness' of the terms, 'pedagogical models' and 'Models-based Practice' (MbP) are beginning to shape the vocabulary of physical education and sport pedagogy.

Purpose: To ask what happens if we take some of the 'good stuff associated with models and apply it in a different way while also taking some of the critical points raised towards models into consideration. Put simply, we (as scholars with different views on MbP) want to step off the beaten track to take a road less travelled and engage in a respectful, agonistic debate about the 'M' and the 'P' in MbP.

Key arguments: From a practical perspective, the diversity of the language used in describing models and practices in physical education indicates both a growing excellence and tradition in the field and a degree of confusion. A number of phrases are currently used to identify the same concept with individuals unaware of alternative language use. At the heart of this paper lies the manner in which one interprets the use of the terms 'model', 'practice' and 'practise'.

Discussion: Given the 'hope' inherent in pedagogical model development and implementation, we acknowledge that many of the negative or unintended consequences often arise as a result of the 'happening' both in research and in practice. However, by thinking in terms of what it is in students' actions that teachers and researchers should pay attention to in order for them to see what students learn, and in what direction this learning is developing, we are better able to see the outcomes of using MbP. In this way, the hope embedded in the chosen model, and the happenings teachers or researchers aspire to see, could be better aligned. Modelling and practicing through the focus on adaption and negotiation in various complex contexts has the potential to expand the field more than blueprints that potentially narrow the field.

Conclusions: By recognising the dangers inherent in an essentialist notion of models (i.e. by nouning or proper nouning them), and by remembering the roles set aside for teachers in the development of pedagogical models, it is important that the practising of MbP always retains a very real sense of becoming. By continuing to problematize the M and the P, and by engaging in respectful and agonistic debate, we are better able to unite the hope and the happening of MbP.

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Routledge, 2021. Vol. 26, no 2, p. 111-122
Keywords [en]
Physical education, pedagogical models, curriculum models, instructional models, modelling, practicing
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Sport and Fitness Sciences Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-84944DOI: 10.1080/17408989.2020.1789576ISI: 000547029700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85087789730OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-84944DiVA, id: diva2:1460019
Available from: 2020-08-21 Created: 2020-08-21 Last updated: 2023-12-08Bibliographically approved

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