The Games Concept Approach (GCA) as a mandated practice : views of Singaporean teachers

Rossi, Tony, Fry, Joan M., McNeill, Mike, & Tan, Clara W.K. (2007) The Games Concept Approach (GCA) as a mandated practice : views of Singaporean teachers. Sport, Education and Society, 12(1), pp. 93-111.

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This paper reports on the views of Singaporean teachers of a mandated curriculum innovation aimed at changing the nature of games pedagogy within the physical education curriculum framework in Singapore. Since its first appearance over 20 years ago, Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU), as an approach to games pedagogy has gathered support around the world. Through a process of evolution TGfU now has many guises and one of the latest of these is the Games Concept Approach (GCA) a name given to this pedagogical approach in Singapore. As part of a major national curricular reform project the GCA was identified as the preferred method of games teaching and as a result was mandated as required professional practice within physical education teaching. To prepare teachers for the implementation phase, a training program was developed by the National Institute of Education in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and well known experts in the field from the United States. For this part of the study, 22 teachers from across Singapore were interviewed. The data were used to create three fictional narratives, a process described by Sparkes (2002a) and used more recently by Ryan (2005) in the field of literacy. The stories were framed using Foucault’s (1980/1977) notion of governmentality and Bernstein’s (1996) notion of regulative discourse. The narratives reveal tales of confusion, frustration but also of hope and enthusiasm.

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ID Code: 81728
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Teaching Games for Understanding, Singapore, Governmentality
DOI: 10.1080/13573320601081591
ISSN: 1470-1243
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy (130210)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sport, Education and Society on 2007, available online:
Deposited On: 10 Feb 2015 23:40
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2015 01:11

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