On being in the wrong place: the role of children’s conceptual understanding and ballgame experience when judging a football player’s offside position

Lange-Küttner, Christiane and Bosco, Giorgia (2016) On being in the wrong place: the role of children’s conceptual understanding and ballgame experience when judging a football player’s offside position. International Journal of Developmental Science, 10. pp. 73-84. ISSN 2191-7485

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Abstract

We investigated the role of children’s conceptual understanding and ballgame experience when judging whether a football player is in an offside position, or not. In the offside position, a player takes advantage of being behind the defence line of the opposing team and just waits for the ball to arrive in order to score a goal. We explained the offside rule to 7- and 9-year-old children with a Subbuteo setup. They produced drawings of an offside position until it was correct (drawing to criterion). Thereafter, children judged whether a designated player was in an offside position in a computerized task. Like adults, also children found it easier to judge when a player was in a wrong rather than a right place. Only when including frequency of ballgame practice in the analysis it was revealed that boys were better independently of age as they judged the offside position more systematically.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at IOS Press through http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/DEV-160185
Uncontrolled Keywords: wrong place, offside position, game rules, spatial concepts, ball game playing experience
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences > 370 Education
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 790 Recreational & performing arts
Department: School of Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Chris Lange-Kuettner
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2016 08:15
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2016 14:29
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/1120

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