Exploring Coaches’ Perceptions of the Feasibility of a Movement-Oriented Games-Based Assessment Within “Made to Play” Programs

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  • 1 La Trobe University
  • 2 The University of Newcastle
  • 3 Liverpool John Moores University
  • 4 Dublin City University
  • 5 The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • 6 The University of Sydney
  • 7 Ohio University, Athens
  • 8 Leeds Beckett University
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Coaches can provide an appropriate environment for children to develop a range of movement skills, but there is a dearth of research exploring the creation of appropriate resources to support the coach in developing and assessing children’s Complex Movement Skills. There is also a lack of research around coaches’ perceived feasibility of the limited resources in this area. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to design and then assess the feasibility of a Movement-Oriented Games-Based Assessment (MOGBA) for children aged 8–12 years, to be used by coaches within “Made to Play” programs. Thirteen coaches from across the United States and the United Kingdom used pilot materials to assess the feasibility of MOGBA over a 9-week period. Individual, paired, and focus group interviews were structured and data were thematically analyzed using Bowen et al.’s feasibility framework. Findings suggested that MOGBA provided a welcomed and much needed enhancement to their programs, with effective use of technology-enhanced coaching. Coaching involved notions of pedagogy and assessment, with issues emerging around class size and complexity of assessment. Coaches often used MOGBA covertly and flavored the resource to the sport being delivered, and this revealed to coaches the capability of children not viewed before.

Morley is with the Department of Dietetics, Nutrition and Sport, School of Allied Health, Human Services & Sport, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Miller is with the School of Education, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia. Rudd is with the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom. Issartel is with the Department of Health and Human Performance, Faculty of Science and Health, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland. Goodway is with the Department of Human Sciences, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA. O’Connor is with the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Harvey is with the Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy, Patton College of Education, Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA. Ogilvie and van Rossum are with the Carnegie Faculty, Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, United Kingdom.

Morley (Dave.morley@latrobe.edu.au) is corresponding author.
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