Practicum in Adapted Physical Activity: A Dewey-Inspired Action Research Project

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Øyvind StandalNorwegian School of Sport Sciences

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The purpose of this study was to investigate what adapted physical activity (APA) students learn from their practicum experiences. One cohort of APA students participated, and data were generated from an action research project that included observations, reflective journals, and a focus group interview. The theoretical framework for the study was Dewey’s and Wackerhausen’s theories of reflections. The findings show the objects of students’ reflections, the kind of conceptual resources they draw on while reflecting, and their knowledge interests. In addition, two paradoxes are identified: the tension between reflecting from and on own values, and how practicum as a valued experience of reality can become too difficult to handle. In conclusion, we reflect on how practicum learning can be facilitated.

Øyvind Standal and Gro Rugseth are with the Department of Physical Education at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo, Norway.

Address author correspondence to Øyvind Standal at oyvind.standal@nih.no.
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