Bridging the gap between education and employment: a case study of problem-based learning implementation in postgraduate sport and exercise psychology

Helen Heaviside, Andrew J. Manley, Joanne Hudson

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Abstract

The purpose of this case study was to explore Postgraduate Sport and Exercise Psychology students’ and their lecturer’s experiences of PBL, and, its role in developing their employability skills. A focus group was conducted with four students (Mage = 22.75 years, SD = 0.96 years; n female = 2) and a conversational interview was conducted with the lecturer (age = 37 years, teaching experience = 11 years). Inductive thematic analysis of verbatim transcripts was used as a basis for developing portrait and composite vignettes to illustrate their experiences. Their underpinning themes suggested that PBL was instrumental for developing key employability skills: team working, communication and interpersonal sensitivity; thinking critically, creatively and flexibly; for helping students translate academic knowledge into application in future employment contexts, and for increasing awareness that learning is a lifelong developmental process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-477
JournalHigher Education Pedagogies
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes

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