Nonlinear pedagogy: A constraints-led framework for understanding emergence of game play and movement skills

Chow, Jia Yi, Davids, Keith W., Button, Chris, Shuttleworth, Rick, Renshaw, Ian, & Araujo, Duarte (2006) Nonlinear pedagogy: A constraints-led framework for understanding emergence of game play and movement skills. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, 10(1), pp. 71-103.


Team sport competition can be characterized as a complex adaptive system in which concepts from nonlinear dynamics can provide a sound theoretical framework to understand emergent behavior such as movement coordination and decision making in game play. Nonlinear Pedagogy is presented as a methodology for games teaching, capturing how phenomena such as movement variability, self-organization, emergent decision making, and symmetry-breaking occur as a consequence of interactions between agent-agent and agent-environment constraints. Empirical data from studies of basketball free-throw shooting and dribbling are used as task vehicles to exemplify how nonlinear phenomena characterize game play in sport. In this paper we survey the implications of these data for Nonlinear Pedagogy, focusing particularly on the manipulation of constraints in team game settings. The data and theoretical modeling presented in this paper provide a rationale in nonlinear dynamics for the efficacy of a prominent model of game play teaching, Teaching Games for Understanding approach.

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ID Code: 8907
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: nonlinear pedagogy, constraints, movement coordination, decision, making dynamics, teaching games for understanding
ISSN: 1090-0578, 1573-6652
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600) > Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified (110699)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences
Deposited On: 08 Aug 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:28

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