Sport Pedagogy Research: From Information-Gathering to Useful Knowledge

in Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
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Sport pedagogy research is yielding an increasing amount of information. However, there is a difference between mere information and research based knowledge, which may guide and improve practice. If more useful knowledge is to result from research, then several related adjustments in sport pedagogy’s knowledge system are required. Such adjustments begin with researchers’ reasons for doing research and include adjustments in today’s approaches to organizing, communicating, and applying research findings. Additionally, increases in the production and use of knowledge may be facilitated by political activity that is aimed at gaining more consensus among physical education professionals and, in turn, more uniformity among programs and teaching practices.

Hal A. Lawson is with the Department of Physical Education, Health and Sport Studies, Phillips Hall, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056.

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