Dubai Masterclass - Sports Science

Thursday 28 July 2022 (19:00-20:00)

Join our masterclass on "Examining the concept of transfer and why the term is problematic for sport coaches and PE teachers" and find out more about our Sport Coaching MSc starting from September 2022.


In both coaching and teaching, the purpose of practice is to prepare learners (athletes/pupils) for a specific activity. In coaching, it might be a competitive game, or in school PE preparing learners for sustained engagement in physical activities in their communities. In both contexts, the organisation of practices is dominated by thinking which argues that newly acquired skills through practice will seamlessly transfer into these different contexts. But we constantly hear frustrated coaches and teachers proclaim when seeing a skill breakdown:  “I don’t understand……we practiced that last week”! Why?

 In this masterclass, I will argue that teachers and coaches can sometimes be wedded to the transfer metaphor in their approach to practice (both implicitly and explicitly) which unfortunately, doesn’t reflect contemporary approaches to learning. For athletes and pupils, learning is a form of cultural participation involving processes of interpretation, decision-making and perception, rather than learning as a passive process where knowledge is simply acquired. This may require development of cognitive skills (e.g., problem solving) to adapt knowledge and resources to new environments and contexts. The purpose of this session is to encourage coaches and teachers to look more critically at practice organisation, and to ask themselves how their approach aligns to an understanding of how learners learn? Areas that will be covered include: contemporary learning approaches, practice design, models based practice, variability, and developing the ‘thinking’ athlete and ‘physically literate’ pupil. 

This event will take place on Zoom and a link will be shared upon booking.

Meet the Experts

Dr Mark Griffiths

Mark qualified as a PE Teacher from the West London Institute in 1990. After lectureships at the Universities of Kingston and Oxford Brookes, he went on to study for a PhD in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy before joining Birmingham in 2009. Mark has published research papers in scientific journals as well as reviews and book chapters in the fields of sport pedagogy, professional development, and research methodology. He has received research grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, The Society for Educational Research, The Football Association, UK Athletics, and Sports Coach UK.

You can find out more about Dr Mark Griffiths here