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‘You have to do it rather than being in a class and just listening.' The Impact of Problem-Based Learning on the Student Experience in Sports and Exercise Biomechanics

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Author(s): Michael Duncan | Mark Lyons | Yahya Al-Nakeeb

Journal: Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education
ISSN 1473-8376

Volume: 6;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 71;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: Constructivism | Problem Solving | Module Development | Curriculum | Problem-based

ABSTRACT
Problem-based learning (PBL) has been used in many situations to develop students’ critical thinking, interaction and problem solving skills. Despite being commonly used by lecturers, the effects of PBLhave not been investigated in sports studies. This paper outlines the process of developing a second year, undergraduate module in sport and exercise biomechanics using problem-based learning. Following completion of the module, students completed reflective learning reports and participated in focus group interviews. Results from the focus group interviews and end-module questionnaires revealed that PBL delivery allowed greater autonomy to explore issues and problems, and served to develop the students’ enthusiasm for and engagement with the subject compared to traditionally delivered modules. The students also reported that the content was stimulating, that PBL based delivery would help them prepare for the final year of their degree, and allowed them to develop particular skills that might be useful in later employment.
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