Teaching styles in sport

Teaching styles are the ways in which we present learning experiences to children.

There are numerous styles which we must be aware of and how they influence on a child’s learning. Teaching styles can be split into two categories which are direct and teacher led (reproductive) or indirect student led (productive). As a teacher or coach you must be aware of how and when to use the different styles of teaching.

Our team discuss these methods and outline how they are commonly performed in the BelievePerform sports education based infographic – ‘teaching styles in sport’.

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Reproductive Teaching Styles

Command – This style of teaching is focused around the teacher or coach making all the decisions. Thy are the leader and the one in charge. The teacher would explain in a skill in simple terms, model the skill and then allow athletes to practice the skill whilst providing feedback.

Practice – A coach would set out a number of stations or circuits for their athletes. The athletes would then go through each station at their own pace, whilst receiving feedback from the coach. The difference between command and practice is that athletes will be making some decisions themselves.

Reciprocal – This teaching style is where athletes join up in pairs. One athlete would perform a skill and the other would feedback to their partner.

Self-check – The coach will give the athletes a criteria sheet. The players would then perform a skill and analyse their own performance against the criteria sheet.

Productive Teaching Styles

Guided Discovery – A coach will guide athletes towards a solution using specific structured questions. This allows the player to think for themselves and come up with the answers.

Problem Solving – Within this teaching style athletes will work in groups or individually to come up with solutions to a problem. There will be some assistance from the coach and multiple solutions will be present to solving the problem.

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