ERIC Number: EJ1095910
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Teaching Health Care Administration in Athletic Training: A Unique Approach
Sage, Bradley W.
Athletic Training Education Journal, v8 n3 p71-73 Jul-Sep 2013
Health care administration is a challenging topic to teach due to the inability for students to directly engage in many of the activities such as insurance billing, inventory, and ordering equipment and supplies. The objective of this article is to describe how a discussion-based meeting format can be used to engage students in health care administration. Athletic training is a profession requiring a vast array of hands-on psychomotor skills. Students who enroll in professional athletic training programs are often kinesthetic learners who are best suited for hands-on learning. Although many classes in athletic training curricula offer an opportunity for these learners, in general the content area of health care administration does not. This creates challenging circumstances for the athletic training educator. A discussion-based business meeting environment was created to engage students in health care administration content. Students were required to complete meeting briefings before discussions during 25 meetings. Students engaged in open discussions that sparked expression of insightful personal opinions. Furthermore, students shared their clinical experiences and discussed openly the challenges and opportunities facing the profession of athletic training. This format allowed the presentation of this information to be conducted in a more stimulating and engaging way, better coinciding with the learning style of the students. This pedagogical approach to teaching health care administration appears to be an effective way to deliver this important material to athletic training students. Challenges still exist in respect to evaluating student participation and finding comfort in this teaching style. Both anecdotal student feedback and objectives scores on the Student Instructional Report (SIR) II course evaluation report show this method has been successful in engaging students in a difficult subject matter and improving learning outcomes.
Descriptors: Athletics, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Case Method (Teaching Technique), Health Education, Program Administration, Discussion Groups, Barriers, Physical Education, College Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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