What does sport mean to young people in Australia? How does it affect their social, personal and moral development? What is the relationship between elite level 'media sport' and the games children play for fun and friendship? Sport in the lives of young Australians offers an informative look into the practice of sport, the nature of children's and young people's experiences, and its significance for their development. For anyone involved in youth sport – from coaches, teachers and parents, to researchers and policymakers – this book will provide invaluable understanding of the place and meaning of sport in the lives of young Australians.
Richard Light is professor and director of sport development at University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
About the author
- Sport for young Australians: understanding beyond surface appearances
- The body, sport and learning: a theory of practice
- Learning to be a man: high school rugby and the development of masculine identity
- Young men’s experiences of soccer at high school and in clubs
- Media representations of Australian football and its impact upon children’s moral learning
- Learning, practice and community in the nippers
- The impact of Game Sense pedagogy on children’s enjoyment of cricket in a primary school
- Competition, motivation and the social nature of children’s membership in a swimming club
Size: 210 × 148 × 10 mm
1 b&w table and 6 b&w illustrations
Publication: 03 Apr 2008