2.2 What is “game-based” teaching?
An alternative approach to the traditional technique-centered is to adopt a “game-based”1 approach to coaching, where the focus is placed on “game centered” activities rather than “technique centered” activities. The central strategy for using a game-based approach is:
- use activities that teach the “nature” of the game first with the skills of the game added at a pace manageable by the participants;
- questioning players to stimulate their thinking about the “game” or activity – allowing them to discover how and when to execute skills within the context of the game.
- It promotes maximum participation and “long-term” learning
- Players become skilled in having a broader sense of understanding of the game rather than simply being skilful at the game
- The various ability levels of the players are catered to through activities being varied in complexity at a pace dictated by the players
- Encourages the players’ understanding of the need for rules