Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching Motor Skill Stages of Development Using Video Presentation

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Dr. Steven Smith, Hope College

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This research was supported by the Faculty Development Grant at Hope College.


This study examined the impact of two different pedagogical approaches to teaching stages of motor skill development to undergraduate students using digital video technology. It was hypothesized that using an electronic student response system during the learning phase would result in greater accuracy in identifying stages of fundamental motor skills in children when compared to a group of students not using the electronic response system during the learning phase. Motor skills develop in a clear and identifiable sequence. Identifying these stages of learning in children is key to the education of kinesiology students in an undergraduate and graduate education. This research involved two phases. The first phase for the summer of 2010 was to develop high quality digital video of children at various stages of motor skill ability for 11 fundamental motor skills. During this first phase, the video was developed into two different formats for presentation of the various stages of motor development. The second phase is occuring during the academic year 2010/2011. Comparison of two pedagogical approaches to presenting the video will be examined to help determine best practices in video presentation and student learning of motor skill stage sequencing. The data will be analyzed during May and summer terms of 2011.

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