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When is a model a model?

Does a teacher or a coach have to use the textbook version of Sport Education or Teaching Games for Understanding or Cooperative Learning etc. etc. to be said to be using a models-based approach?

This single question (and multiple variations of it) is my million-dollar question. Ok, my couple of hundred dollars question but still something I get asked a lot. Especially since we presented an argument for model fidelity in MBP research.

My simple answer is no. Absolutely not. The starting point (indeed the finishing point) for any aspiration to improve our teaching shouldn’t be the textbook. To me, this suggests that there is only one answer and I fervently believe, in most of what I do, that there isn’t one answer.

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