the present thesis aimed to create useful knowledge for teachers and students’ everyday lives through physical education. To create useful knowledge for the students, it may be beneficial to take a starting point in situations students themselves find important. In this way one may investigate students’ actions and reflections of such situations.
Dag Ove Granås Hovdal
Dag Ove Granås Hovdal of the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Agder has submitted his thesis entitled «Students’ experiences and learning in physical education» and will defend the thesis for the PhD-degree Tuesday 15 November 2022.
He has followed the PhD programme at the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Agder.
The Norwegian education programme indicates, through its values, that the school shall help students to live, learn and work together in a complex present time and when meeting with an unknown future (UDIR, 2019).
As such, the present thesis aimed to create useful knowledge for teachers and students’ everyday lives through physical education.
To create useful knowledge for the students, it may be beneficial to take a starting point in situations students themselves find important. In this way one may investigate students’ actions and reflections of such situations.
Dag Ove G. Hovdal presented following questions in his project “students’ experiences and learning in physical education”:
The participants consisted of students and teachers from two physical education classes.
The data creation started at the end of the students’ 8th grade and lasted throughout their 9th grade.
The abovementioned questions were investigated through the following:
1. Written narratives by the students at the end of their 8th grade.
2. Interviews of students about the situations they wrote about in their narratives.
3. One interview with each of the physical education teachers concerning their teaching and the PE lessons.
4. Observation and video recordings of 14 PE lessons.
5. Written narratives at the end of each PE lesson.
6. Interviews of the students and the teachers concerning situations in general and situations using video clips from the physical education lessons.
Article 1 investigated situations where students disrupted themselves, other students, or the teacher in the lesson.
The disruptive situations occurred when it was environmental opportunities for them. The students could contribute to, distance themselves from, or try to stop disruptive situations. The students could find disruptive situations fun, annoying, or did not know whether they liked the situations or not.
The teacher had several tools to deal with disruptive situations, but the number of such situations were not reduced over time.
Article 2 investigated situations with social inclusion/exclusion in team activities.
Even though students could dislike the excluding actions of peers, such as dribbling and trying to score goals, such actions were applauded if the actions lead to positive outcomes for the team.
The students could further dislike the excluding actions of peers in some situations, while performing excluding actions themselves in other situations.
The students did not seem to learn being social inclusive in team activities.
Article 3 investigated competitive situations.
The students could both like and dislike the pressure in competitive situations.
Students could increase their effort if it was a competition, but they could also reduce their effort or give up if they thought they would lose. Giving up if one “knew” that one would lose, could further be seen as acceptable.
The articles discussed how the mentioned situations could be used, to facilitate/create situations for learning for the students, so it also became relevant to the students’ everyday lives.
The trial lecture and the public defence will take place in Gabriel Scotts Auditorium B1 001, Campus Kristiansand and online via the Zoom conferencing app - registration link below.
Dean, Professor Anders Johan Wickstrøm Andersen, Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Agder, will chair the disputation.
Given topic for trial lecture: «Take the current curriculum for the school subject physical education as a starting point and discuss how the selected theoretical perspectives on learning can influence teaching»
Thesis Title: «Students’ experiences and learning in physical education»
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The Candidate: Dag Ove Granås Hovdal (1989, Frosta) Specialist teacher in Physical Education, Nord University (2013), Masters degree in Sports Psychology, University of Agder (2015). Teaching experience from Vennesla upper secondary school and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. Present position: Associate Professor at the University of Stavanger.
First opponent: Professor Marie Öhman, Örebro University, Sweden / Marie Øhman, Section for Sports and Physical Education, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
Second opponent: Professor Knut Løndal, Department of Primary and Secondary Teacher Education, OsloMet
Professor Kristin Haraldstad, Department of Health and Nursing Sciences, University of Agder, is appointed as the administrator for the assessment committee.
Supervisors in the doctoral work were Professor Bjørn Tore Johansen, Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, University of Agder (main supervisor) and Professor Emerita Inger Beate Larsen, Department of Psychososial Health, UiA and Professor Tommy Haugen, Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, UiA (co-supervisors)
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