The Effects of Play Practice Instruction on the Badminton Content Knowledge of a Cohort of Chinese Physical Education Majors

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  • 1 Auburn University
  • | 2 Hubei Normal University
  • | 3 East China Normal University
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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of Play Practice instruction on the badminton content knowledge and skill of a cohort of Chinese physical education majors. Method: Seventy-two second-year students participated in semester-long courses following either the principles of Play Practice or skill-focused instruction. A control/comparison group experimental design with pre- and postmeasures was used in this study. Separate analyses of variance with repeated measures (Time × Group) were conducted to examine the effects of Play Practice and skill-focused instruction for each of four dependent variables: (a) forehand clear, (b) tactical understanding, (c) game performance, and (d) specialized content knowledge. Results: Students from both conditions made significant improvements in all four variables across the semester. However, students in the Play Practice condition showed significantly greater gains in tactical understanding, game performance, and specialized content knowledge. In particular, while 75% of students who experienced Play Practice reached the 3.0 benchmark score for adequate specialized content knowledge, only 8% of students in skill-focused instruction reached this standard.

Hastie and Liu are with the School of Kinesiology, Auburn University, AL, USA. Wang is with the College of Physical Education, Hubei Normal University, Huangshi, China. He is with the School of Physical Education and Health Care, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.

Hastie (hastipe@auburn.edu) is corresponding author.
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