This book redresses a pressing need for us to understand the motivations of children and young people in playing sport, what it means to them, and how it fits into their everyday lives. It is research-heavy, with each chapter presenting the results of a different study conducted on childrens and young peoples participation in sport across a diverse range of ages, settings and sports from a humanistic perspective. Well-written and accessible, it captures the texture, nuances and meanings of participation in different sports in Australia, France, Japan and New Zealand in order to situate learning and the nature of childrens experiences within their social and cultural contexts. It provides valuable insights into the subjective nature of children and young peoples participation in sport, and should be read by anyone interested in childrens and youth sport, from academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students to coaches, teachers, parents and youth sport administrators.
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Richard L. Light is Professor and Head of the School of Sport and Physical Education in the College of Education, Health and Human Development at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He is a leading researcher in the field of sport and physical education pedagogy, with an emphasis on situating learning within social and cultural contexts and on the subjective, affective and whole-person nature of experience. He is also highly regarded for his research on, and development of, athlete-centred, inquiry-based coaching, such as the Game Sense approach for coaching and teaching sport.Review:
"Written in an accessible and engaging style, with an emphasis on evidence, this book has something for anyone interested in sport, be they parents, sports club members, young people or academics. I commend this important book for its insights into young people's experiences of sport." Johanna Wyn Director, Youth Research Centre, The University of Melbourne
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