Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring Students' Use of Learning Contracts in Preparing for the National Athletic Training Board Certification Examination
by Dill, William, Ed.D., Lindenwood University, 2017, 165; 10748449
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to explore the application of learning contracts in the process of preparing to take the AT BOC exam. The goal of this study was to investigate best practices to assist students in being successful when taking the BOC certification examination. Self-directed learning in medicine was an important skill in the ever-changing healthcare landscape. One self-directed learning tool, learning contracts, had been studied in other healthcare fields. However, little research had been conducted utilizing learning contracts in athletic training. In addition, providing students with a research based instrument that could be used to improve success on the BOC examination would positively impact the profession of athletic training. Therefore, a mixed methods research study was implemented to study the usefulness of learning contracts in the preparation for the BOC examination. The data produced in the study showed that athletic training students were self-directed learners and that learning contracts were a useful tool when preparing for the BOC examination. Along with the Self-Assessment Exams (SAEs) produced by BOC, Inc., learning contracts were shown to be useful in helping students diagnose learning needs as well as creating a plan to study. Based on the outcomes of this study the researcher recommends that athletic training students, and athletic training programs, implement the use of learning contracts when preparing for the BOC examination. The researcher also recommends that students strongly consider using SAEs to diagnose learning needs or gaps.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wright, Paul
Commitee: Howell, Timothy, Leavitt, Lynda
School: Lindenwood University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational tests & measurements, Physical education, Higher education
Keywords: AT BOC exam, Learning contracts, Self-assessment exams, Self-directed learning
Publication Number: 10748449
ISBN: 9780355773873
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