ERIC Number: EJ1069404
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Engagement Theory in Action: An Investigation of Athletic Training Program Directors
Peer, Kimberly S.
Athletic Training Education Journal, v2 n2 p49-55 Apr-Jun 2007
Objective: To examine the use of good practice indicators by athletic training program directors and to provide a theoretical framework using engagement theory, a learner-centered process focusing on program improvement through continuous planning and evaluation, as a foundation for implementing good practices in athletic training education programs. Design and Setting: Athletic training education program directors completed the study's instrument. Responses were analyzed using correlations and regression models following return of the instruments via United States mail. Subjects: Seventy-three undergraduate athletic training education program directors for CAAHEP (now CAATE)-accredited, entry-level programs completed the instrument for this study. Measurements: Subjects completed a demographic sheet indicating Carnegie classification (research and doctoral or comprehensive and baccalaureate), appointment type (administrative/academic or academic/athletic), and degree type (education or non-education). The participants also completed a faculty inventory based on the "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education." Data were analyzed using SPSS (Version 10.0). The independent variables were institution type, program director appointment type, and terminal degree type. The dependent variables were the collective and individual subscale scores on the inventory. Results: There were no differences in self reported principles of good practice between program directors of different institution, appointment or terminal degree types. It was clear however, that athletic training program directors across the country report use of quality practices in their teaching. Conclusions/Recommendations: Engagement theory provides a strong foundation for implementing quality indicators in both didactic and clinical instruction in athletic training education programs. The faculty inventory used in this study provides athletic training educators an instrument to use to reflect upon current practices to determine whether they reflect the quality indicators that promote engagement.
Descriptors: Athletics, Allied Health Occupations Education, Administrators, College Programs, Educational Theories, Correlation, Regression (Statistics), Undergraduate Study, Best Practices, Total Quality Management, Educational Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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