Major practicum as a learning site for exercise science professionals: A pilot study

Tinning, Richard, Jenkins, David, Collins, Jessie, Rossi, Tony, & Brancato, Tania (2012) Major practicum as a learning site for exercise science professionals: A pilot study. European Physical Education Review, 18(2), pp. 239-244.

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Exercise science is now an integral part of the allied health framework in Australia and graduates from accredited programmes are equipped with skills recognised as being important in the prevention and management of lifestyle-related diseases. This pilot study sought to determine the experiences of 11 final-year exercise science students in their major practicum and identify skills learned and developed while on placement. Analysis of the interview data established that the students worked with clients from a broad range of sociocultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, both within and between practicum sites; the students’ experiences and their preparedness to engage with clients from different backgrounds varied as a result. Although the students generally reported being technically skilled for their major placement, many reported being underprepared to deal with people from different backgrounds. However, all participants held that their interpersonal skills greatly improved in response to their placement and several remarked that they developed their problem-solving skills through watching and assisting their supervisors work with clients. The present study confirms the practicum as a critical learning site for improving communication and problem-solving skills with exercise science and exercise physiology students.

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ID Code: 91046
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: workplace learning, practicum, exercise science, field experience
DOI: 10.1177/1356336X12440024
ISSN: 1741-2749
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Richard Tinning, et al.
Deposited On: 08 Dec 2015 00:19
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2015 00:51

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