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Bridging the gap between education and employment: a case study of problem-based learning implementation in Postgraduate Sport and Exercise Psychology

Helen J. Heaviside, Andrew J. Manley, Joanne Hudson Orcid Logo

Higher Education Pedagogies, Volume: 3, Issue: 1, Pages: 463 - 477

Swansea University Author: Joanne Hudson Orcid Logo

Abstract

The purpose of this case study was to explore Postgraduate Sport and Exercise Psychology students’ and their lecturer’s experiences of PBL, and, its role in developing their employability skills. A focus group was conducted with four students (Mage = 22.75 years, SD = 0.96 years; n female = 2) and a...

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Published in: Higher Education Pedagogies
ISSN: 2375-2696
Published: 2018
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa38239
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Abstract: The purpose of this case study was to explore Postgraduate Sport and Exercise Psychology students’ and their lecturer’s experiences of PBL, and, its role in developing their employability skills. A focus group was conducted with four students (Mage = 22.75 years, SD = 0.96 years; n female = 2) and a conversational interview was conducted with the lecturer (age = 37 years, teaching experience = 11 years). Inductive thematic analysis of verbatim transcripts was used as a basis for developing portrait and composite vignettes to illustrate their experiences. Their underpinning themes suggested that PBL was instrumental for developing key employability skills: team working, communication and interpersonal sensitivity; thinking critically, creatively and flexibly; for helping students translate academic knowledge into application in future employment contexts, and for increasing awareness that learning is a lifelong developmental process.
Keywords: Employability skills, professional development, critical thinking
College: Faculty of Science and Engineering
Issue: 1
Start Page: 463
End Page: 477