Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Effects of a Distance Learning Program on Error Detection of the Overhand Throw by Elementary Education Teachers

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Effects of a Distance Learning Program on Error Detection of the Overhand Throw by Elementary Education Teachers

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Robert McKethan and Michael Kernodle, Appalachian State University

The purpose of this project was to examine the effectiveness of a multimedia-based distance learning paradigm as a teaching and learning tool for preservice elementary education teachers attempting to become proficient in detecting errors in a multiple degree of freedom skill, the overhand throw. Sixty-four participants were randomly assigned to one of four groups. The task for each group was to attempt to detect errors in an incorrect throwing motion as exhibited by a model on the computer screen. The errors depicted were different for each testing session and the model was trained until the chosen errors were effectively displayed. No information of any kind was provided at any time during the pretest. Participants were asked to submit what they thought was incorrect in the boxes provided on the computer screen and the results were then transferred to an Internet collection site for analysis. Days 2 through 8 served as treatment and testing sessions utilizing a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule with the pr etest occurring on the first Monday. …

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