Abstract

Pedagogical Practices Across the Sport Psychology Curriculum: Using Multimedia, Research, and Service Learning to Promote Lifelong Health and Wellness in the Classroom and Beyond

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Theme: Teaching sport and exercise psychology

Program ID: SYM-16

Presentation: October 4, 2013 8:15 am - 9:30 am

Room: Oak Alley

Abstract:

In an early edition of The Research Quarterly, Blanchard (1932) discussed characteristics of highly effective educators which moved beyond personal dispositions such as sound moral character, good social skills, and an engaging personality. Educators must also demonstrate a continued willingness to be open minded and receptive to new ideas in their fields of study (Blanchard, 1932). Nearly 80 years later these pedagogical qualities continue to hold true. Unfortunately, pedagogy is not always the reflective practice it should be and this, to some degree, contributes to 45% of college students not demonstrating significant improvement in learning across the curriculum (Arum & Roska, 2011). Sport and Exercise Psychology, much the same as other academic disciplines, needs educators to address these concerns by demonstrating a willingness to grow, evolve, and adapt to the changing demands of the students we serve. Pedagogical research and connecting those findings to practices in the classroom has the potential to create effective learning environments for our students (Lee & Solmon, 2005). This symposium draws together a diverse group of educators from a variety of sectors including research universities, liberal arts universities, and performance training institutes. The presenters will share lesson plans and activities that integrate multimedia, research, and service learning projects across the Sport Psychology curriculum. They will also discuss ways to incorporate Sport Psychology principles in other disciplines to promote health and wellness for students across campus. Specifically, the presenters will offer information about how they use the above methods to engage students and promote lifelong health and wellness for their students and the population at large. Each presenter will also discuss how reflective practice informed the preparation process and post-lesson evaluation. Symposium attendees are welcome to integrate and adapt any of the presented lesson plans and activities in their own work with students.

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