Interrogating efficacy of digital pedagogies for preservice health and physical education teacher education

Wilson-Gahan, Susan ORCID: (2013) Interrogating efficacy of digital pedagogies for preservice health and physical education teacher education. In: 28th ACHPER International Conference (ACHPER 2013): A Defining Time, 27-29 Nov 2013, Melbourne, Australia.


Tertiary students are demanding the flexibility of web based learning in all university courses and universities are embracing student demand (Njenga and Fourie, 2010). One university in Australia is offering a Bachelor of Education specialising in Health and Physical Education (HPE) teaching through the online environment without residential schools or any on-campus engagement. Students undertaking these programs as primary school or secondary school HPE specialist teachers, sports organisers, managers and coaches, can elect to complete the whole degree program or some of their required courses, through an online environment.

As a result of the flexibility in enrolment and study options, the courses offered in the HPE specialisations include student enrolments from around the world as well as students in rural and remote areas of Australia. The variety of contexts and geographic locations presents the need for specific considerations regarding equity of access to learning and availability of personnel and materials resources.
• The question- 'can innovative technologies effectively deliver authentic learning experiences for online preservice health and physical education teachers in movement and physical activity contexts?' must be addressed Furthermore, if we continue to deliver preservice teacher education digitally, which particular technologies meet pedagogical and learning needs for those pre-service teachers learning to teach movement and physical activity concepts?
• Reconceptualising pedagogy for utilising and implementing suitable instructional strategies and teaching styles for physical contexts of the HPE curriculum through the online mode is certainly innovative, but can it be effective? The online environment does present issues to be solved, especially when facilitating learning in the teaching of fundamental and specialist movements, teamwork, strategies and tactics, in a variety of movement and physical activity contexts.
• Virtual classrooms, online learning, interactive video, and technological innovation are now prominent features of the educational landscape (National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE, 2007). There is little to no research into the efficacy of completing Bachelor of Education specialising in HPE qualifications in online environments or into best practice for online learning in HPE teaching. 'There are no empirical studies in physical education comparing face-to-face learning with online approaches, but the need to initiate future research in this area exists' (NASPE 2007). 'Current physical education research for effective teaching and learning is based on face-to-face student and teacher interaction' (Rink, 2003).

A perceived need for investigating the efficacy of the online learning environment and keeping informed about the latest useful trends and technological innovations were the catalysts for this positional paper. There are questions and concerns about the efficacy of online learning in practical contexts that need to be answered. The prediction is that the need for future research and scholarship investigating this particular type of learning through online environments will be demonstrated.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education (1 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education (1 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2019)
Date Deposited: 30 May 2014 04:55
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2021 05:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: HPE; online
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390111 Physical education and development curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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