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Adam Cohen and Calvin Nite

been termed experiential learning ( Felicia, 2011 ; Groves, Leflay, Smith, Bowd, & Barber, 2013 ; Kayes, 2002 ; Kolb, 1984 ). This classroom teaching concept has been defined repeatedly since it has become popularized in academic literature in the early 1980s (see Kolb, 1984 ). This is not to

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John Miller and Todd Seidler

Mock trials, as experiential learning opportunities, provide important “learning by doing” activities that are particularly effective in exposing students to complex “real-world” situations ( Noblitt, Vance, & DePoy Smith, 2010 ). Important goals of a mock trial exercise are to help students

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Joanne Williams and Heidi M. Parker

Experiential learning has been widely used to impact student engagement and provide opportunities to apply theory to practice (Bower, 2013). Sport management faculty regularly use experiential learning in event management, sales classes and internships (Charlton, 2007; McKelvey & Southall, 2008). In addition, educators often include leadership development within their student learning outcomes (COSMA, 2014; MacKie, 2014). This study examines the effectiveness of leadership development activities implemented in an experiential event management course. A case study approach was selected to demonstrate in-depth development and analysis of the course and the integration of strengths-based leadership activities. Students completed the StrengthFinder assessment (Rath & Conchie, 2009), the Strengths Awareness Measure (Schreiner, 2004), and the Strengths of Self Efficacy Scale (Tsai et al., 2014). Significant increases in strengths awareness were reported along with generally high self-efficacy scores. Students reported positive perceptions of the experiential learning experience and increased levels of engagement.

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Joshua R. Pate and David J. Shonk

The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of sport management students during an experiential learning trip to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, LA. A secondary purpose of the study was to explore and describe why students were motivated to participate in the trip. The study draws from theories of student and volunteer motivation. A qualitative approach was employed using ethnography that detailed the accounts of 11 students and 2 professors from James Madison University who volunteered to work events surrounding the Super Bowl. The findings revealed three themes: learning, career empowerment, and on-site preparation. This type of experiential trip can be replicated by other sport management educators and the findings can assist in further developing the literature on experiential learning.

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Melissa Pangelinan, Marc Norcross, Megan MacDonald, Mary Rudisill, Danielle Wadsworth, and James McDonald

Experiential learning via internships, practicums, and research provides undergraduate students with rich opportunities to enhance their knowledge of core concepts in kinesiology. Moreover, these types of experiences increase job-related skills (e.g., leadership development, critical thinking

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Susan B. Foster and David A. Pierce

The economic disruption caused by COVID-19 is projected to force a retooling of American higher education to be quickly responsive to workforce needs ( Leblanc, 2020 ). The value proposition for experiential learning programs, designed to prepare students for the workforce, is magnified given this

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Jaime R. DeLuca and Emily Fornatora

sport management students to be better prepared as they transition from college classrooms to industry positions ( Barnes, 2014 ), and the discipline has adapted to meet industry demand. Specifically, experiential learning has become an important component of sport management programs, because it

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Michael J. Diacin

Experiential learning is a pedagogical approach that provides students the opportunity to apply conceptual knowledge to practical situations. This form of learning can consist of a broad spectrum of informal and formal educational experiences that encourage students to learn by doing ( Foster

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Ashley E. Stirling

Coach education is the key to improved coaching. In order for coach education initiatives to be effective though, the conceptualization of those initiatives must be developed based on empirical learning theory. It is suggested that Kolb’s theory of experiential learning may be an appropriate learning theory to apply to coach education. This paper outlines how Kolb’s theory of experiential learning was used in the development of Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program coach education module entitled “Empower +: Creating Positive and Healthy Sport Experiences.” The module is summarized briefly, and Kolb’s six key tenets of experiential learning are reviewed. Applications of each tenet within the coach education module are highlighted, and recommendations are made for future evaluation and research.

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Kirsty K. Spence, Daniel G. Hess, Mark McDonald, and Beth J. Sheehan

As sport management graduates enter into a rapidly shifting industry with fluctuating environmental conditions, the need for greater leadership capacity arises (Amis, Slack, & Hinings, 2004). Sport management educators can facilitate leadership development by designing and administering undergraduate curricula that focuses on students’ vertical development. According to Cook-Greuter (2004), vertical development is defined as “how we change our interpretations of experience and how we transform our views of reality” (p. 276). The purpose of this paper is to outline a curricular framework that may impact students’ vertical development and thus increase future leadership capacity. To fulfill this purpose, the conceptual connection between vertical development, the Leadership Development Framework (LDF), and Experiential Learning (EL) is first explained. The curricular framework is then outlined in the context of a pilot study facilitated within a sport management (leadership) course in January 2008. Suggestions for future empirical projects to measure the impact of EL curricula on students’ vertical development are also offered.