Unpacking a simulation pedagogical approach to engaging external students in practical HPE classes: The GoPro HPE trial 1.0

Brendon Hyndman, Lisa Papatraianou

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Teacher Education programs have a unique and important role to play in assisting pre-service teachers to deliver developmentally-appropriate Health and Physical Education (HPE) classes when entering the teaching profession. Despite this important role, the ‘physical’ nature of HPE classes and the growing externally-focused teaching and learning environment of online tertiary education programs can make it challenging to provide access to real-life ‘physical’ and ‘practical’ HPE learning experiences for pre-service teachers. One possible solution to this is facilitating simulated on-campus learning experiences to those learning online. Simulated learning is defined as imitating the appearances and characteristics of more real life experiences (Murray, Grant, Howarth & Leigh, 2008). A form of technology that has emerged within school contexts to simulate HPE learning and address a number of key learning areas are GoPro™ video recording devices. To date, there is little investigation of the potential of simulating HPE practical learning processes via GoPro™ video technology on the external engagement and learning of pre-service teachers within teacher education programs. Juniu’s (2011) steps for technology integration in physical education were applied as the conceptual framework underpinning the study within the broader planning considerations of instructional problems, context analyses, pedagogical decisions, learning activities/implementation, assessment and resources. This paper discusses the potential benefits of incorporating GoPro™ video as an educational tool to facilitate learning of HPE classes online, the early stages of a simulated practical HPE teaching trial and the potential implications for online HPE teaching programs for improving external teaching through this emerging form of simulation pedagogy.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event30th ACHPER International Conference - University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia
Duration: 16 Jan 201718 Jan 2017
https://www.achper.org.au/professionallearning/past-international-conference-proceedings/2017-international-conference-proceedings (Conference website)
https://www.achper.org.au/documents/item/583 (Conference proceedings)


Conference30th ACHPER International Conference
Abbreviated titleParticipation in an Active and Healthy Life: Valuing the Participant Voice
OtherThe 30th ACHPER International Conference held at the University of Canberra from January 16-18 2017 provided 320 teachers, researchers and health, sport and recreation professionals from across Australia and overseas with a dynamic and highly engaging professional learning experience.

The conference theme – Participating in an Active and Healthy Life – Valuing the Participant Voice – prompted us to engage with people as learners and actively seek their voice to inform our work and improve the achievement of learning outcomes as well as their lives.
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