ERIC Number: EJ706423
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep-1
Reference Count: 9
Project-Based Learning: A Student-Centered Approach to Integrating Technology into Physical Education Teacher Education
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v75 n7 p33 Sep 2004
An appropriate venue for the use of technology in physical education is one where students are meaningfully engaged in learning activities within a supportive environment that is student centered and that involves cooperation and active learning. An appropriate point of entry for the implementation of such a framework is project-based learning (PBL), not to be confused with problem-based learning. PBL provides a context within which students are communally and meaningfully engaged in learning activities while participating in a worthwhile task. It is within such a context that technology can be successfully integrated into teaching in a way that involves complex thinking about academic and pedagogical content. The author's project required physical education students to use digital editing technology to demonstrate their understanding of a nontraditional, innovative instructional methodology. The author was able to simultaneously (1) assess the students' ability to effectively use technology in complex ways, (2) assess the students' mastery of the specific content knowledge, (3) assess the students' mastery and understanding of the innovative teaching strategy, and (4) assess the effectiveness of the teaching strategy itself. Using PBL to integrate digital technology into the learning process enabled students to learn content and innovative pedagogy while being fully engaged in the pursuit of their project.
Descriptors: Physical Education, Physical Education Teachers, Teacher Education, Student Centered Curriculum, Educational Technology, Student Projects, Editing, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness, Student Evaluation, Knowledge Level
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Tel: 800-213-7193, ext. 493 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Jersey; New Jersey