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

Tinning, Richard, Jenkins, David, Collins, Jessie, Rossi, Tony and Brancato, Tania (2012) Major practicum as a learning site for exercise science professionals: A pilot study. European Physical Education Review, 18 2: 239-244. doi:10.1177/1356336X12440024

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Author Tinning, Richard
Jenkins, David
Collins, Jessie
Rossi, Tony
Brancato, Tania
Title Major practicum as a learning site for exercise science professionals: A pilot study
Journal name European Physical Education Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1356-336X
Publication date 2012-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1356336X12440024
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 18
Issue 2
Start page 239
End page 244
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
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.
Keyword Exercise science
Field experiences
Workplace learning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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