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MAATA supports research for clickers in the classroom

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association’s research committee recently provided Kristin Tivener and the sports medicine and athletic training department with $1,750 to fund research for her project “The Impact of Clickers in Athletic Training Education”.

The purpose of this research is to determine if there is an increase in student satisfaction and an improvement in learning outcomes related to knowledge and skills in athletic training courses when using clickers (classroom response systems) during lessons. Two sections of an athletic training introductory level course will be co-taught in spring 2014 by Tivener and Department Head Dr. Tona Hetzler to gather data for their research.

“Although there has been a great deal of research in general education and non-skill based science courses, this would be a unique study specifically looking at athletic training courses and skills.  Most courses in athletic training education programs are unique from other college courses because they involve a great deal of hands on, skill based lessons.  This initial foundational study would therefore provide evidence-based research that could be applied to other athletic training courses and across athletic training education,” said Tivener.

The grant money will be used to purchase 30 classroom response system clickers, 1 receiver, storage binder and additional laboratory materials needed to teach the class skills.

For more information, contact Tivener at (417) 836-8553.

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