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ERIC Number: EJ1143901
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1947-380X
Exploring Athletic Training Educators' Development as Teachers
Payne, Ellen K.; Walker, Stacy E.; Mazerolle, Stephanie M.
Athletic Training Education Journal, v12 n2 p134-145 Apr-Jun 2017
Context: Little research is available on how athletic training educators develop their instructional styles over the course of their careers and what influences their teaching practices. Understanding the development of athletic training educators' teaching practices may help promote effective teaching in athletic training programs and help guide professional development. Objective: To gain a better understanding of how athletic trainers develop as educators and how their experiences as an educator influence their teaching. Design: Qualitative study. Setting: Higher education institutions. Patients or Other Participants: We interviewed 11 doctorally trained athletic trainers teaching in undergraduate professional athletic training programs. Main Outcome Measure(s): Data were collected through in-depth interviews, and additional artifacts (curricula vitae, syllabi, videotaped teaching lessons) were used to triangulate data collected during the interviews. We used a phenomenological approach to analyze the data and maintained trustworthiness through member checking, data-source triangulation, multiple-analyst triangulation, and peer review. Results: Two main themes emerged from the data: (1) role induction through role continuance and (2) teaching for student learning. Participants discussed how their teaching evolved over the course of their careers, how they valued their clinical practice, how they promoted student learning, and how they aimed to challenge students to transfer knowledge learned into clinical practice. Conclusions: From the data, we are able to understand that athletic training educators develop their teaching practices through engaging in their role as a teacher. This was an informal, continual process of learning how to be an educator.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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