PERCEPTIONS AND MEANINGS OF THE COLLEGE STUDENTS IN TEACHING ASSISTANT SYSTEM FOR SPORTS (TASS)
 
Sugiyama, K., Kobayashi, T., Mitsui, E., Murakami, T., Sato, Y., Hokkaido University of Education, Japan and Cheng, P., Hong Kong Sport Institute, Hong Kong SAR
 
Teaching Assistant System for Sports (TASS) at Hokkaido University of Education was established in 1998 as a volunteer organization to send sport assistants to local school and community sport clubs. All the members of TASS are college students whose majors are physical education and life long sport. For most of them, this is their first experience as assistants to teach kids various kinds of sports and/or to manage sport program. Requests for TASS are increasing in connection with the introduction of team teaching in physical education at school every year. This study aims to investigate the college students' perception and meanings in the experience of being teaching assistance in local school and community sports clubs. The participants in this investigation are students who involved in the TASS program. As shown in the result of interview, these activities were meaningful and rewarded for all the students to improve their teaching ability, to have good opportunities with kids, and to learn how to manage sport education program. Although the request for TASS is increasing, the students' involvements are restricted because of their normal routine work at the campus. It was shown that economic support should be necessary for their assistance. In summary, for the advancement of sport, TASS plays a key role to provide various sport instructions at school and community levels.