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EEH317 - Children in Sport: Issues and Controversies

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Offering information:

Student enrolment quotas apply to this unit

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Student must be enrolled in course E359

Unit chair:

Jacqui Peters

Campus contact:

Jacqui Peters (Burwood (Melbourne))

Kendall Jarrett (Waurn Ponds (Geelong))

Jason Kermeen (Warrnambool)





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour Class per week for 7 weeks, 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week for 7 weeks


Children’s participation in organised competitive sport in and out of school has been a topic of much debate for some time. In this unit students will identify and investigate some of the issues and controversies that have surrounded under age sport and examine ways in which school and community sport programs have attempted to address the problems. One of the more controversial issues is the ‘win at all costs’ mentality that is embedded in adult sport but which has questionable value in children’s sport.

As well as looking at the problems, this unit will also examine the merits of sport for children and, in a practical way, how games can be modified and conducted so as to enhance their physical health, motor skills and peer social relationships. Students will propose and undertake an independent learning experience through which they will gain a sport coaching qualification and undertake related coaching/leadership experience with children of 4 hours minimum duration (unrelated to professional experience placement).


Students will undertake a review of literature to identify the main issues and controversies in children’s sport and propose an independent learning experience in light of these issues, 1500 words, 40%


Case Study: Students will undertake their proposed independent learning experience, including a relevant coaching qualification and experience within a school or local club competition (must be at least 4 hours practical experience unrelated to professional experience placement) and critically reflect on their experience and the extent to which the program is catering for the needs of the participants, 2500 words, 60%

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