Academic journal article The Journal of Faculty Development

Peer-Assisted Learning and Orthopaedic Evaluation Psychomotor Skills

Academic journal article The Journal of Faculty Development

Peer-Assisted Learning and Orthopaedic Evaluation Psychomotor Skills

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Weidner, T. G [tweidner@bsu.edu], & Popp, J. K. (2007). Peer-assisted learning and orthopaedic evaluation psychomotor skills. Journal of Athletic Training, 42(1), 113-119.

Athletic training educators often anecdotally suggest that athletic training students enhance their learning by teaching their peers. However, peer-assisted learning (PAL) has not been examined within athletic training education to provide evidence for PAL's current use or for its use as a pedagogic tool. To assess the effectiveness of intentional, formal PAL on the performance of psychomotor skills and to identify students' perceptions of PAL. Randomized, pretest-posttest experimental design. Athletic Training Research and Education Laboratory. Fifty-one undergraduate students (27 athletic training majors, 24 nonmajors). Review sessions led by either an Approved Clinical Instructor or peer tutor. We assessed pretest and posttest performance scores (number of correct skills) and the amount of time to complete the psychomotor skills in 3 categories of orthopaedic evaluation of the hand and wrist for subjects assigned to either a peer tutor or an Approved Clinical Instructor review group. …

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