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PhD public defence: New teaching methods in physical education

PhD public defence: New teaching methods in physical education

Lars Bjørke is scheduled to defend his thesis at the Faculty of Education, INN University, on 4th December 2020. 

Lars Bjørke will defend his doctoral thesis at INN University on 4th December 2020.

Lars Bjørke will defend his doctoral thesis at INN University on 4th December 2020.

Bjørke will defend his thesis titled “The messiness and complexity of pedagogical change. Teachers’ and students’ experiences from implementing cooperative learning in physical education” as part of the PhD programme in Teaching and Teacher Education (PROFF)

In his thesis, Bjørke studies how teachers and their students experience changing from a highly instructional teaching style to cooperative learning, where students learn from, for and with each other in smaller groups or pairs.

With this being the 15th PhD public defence in the past three years on PROFF, Bjørke’s doctoral defence also represents a milestone achievement for the programme and the Faculty of Education.

The doctoral candidate has worked closely with three physical education teachers to experiment with new ways of teaching physical education.

As the title suggests, his findings indicate that pedagogical change can be experienced as challenging and complex, for both teachers and students. The findings also show that changing teaching practices is a lengthy process. 

At the same time, the study shows that close and long-term cooperation between teachers and researchers can prove effective in developing new practices in physical education.

The study shows that new approaches to teaching in physical education can contribute to learning outcomes for students. Cooperative learning could be a good model for fostering learning in physical education.