Factors influencing sports science students’ elective biomechanics enrolment decisions

Felton, P.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-9211-0319, 2023. Factors influencing sports science students’ elective biomechanics enrolment decisions. Sports Biomechanics. ISSN 1476-3141

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The modularisation of sports science curricula allows students to individualise degrees to fit their interests and aspirations via elective modules. The aim of this study was to explore the factors which influence sports science students’ elective biomechanics enrolment decisions. A total of 45 students completed an online survey focussing on personal and academic characteristics which may influence enrolment decisions. Significant differences were found for three personal characteristics. Biomechanics module enrolees were more positive in their self-concept of subject ability, had a greater like for their previous subject experience, and displayed a higher agreement in requiring the knowledge for future career aspirations. Although, statistical power was reduced when respondents were categorised into demographic sub-groups, exploratory analysis highlighted self-concept of subject ability may differentiate female students’ enrolment, while previous subject experience may distinguish male students’ enrolment and academic entry route students’ enrolment. Undergraduate sports science core biomechanics modules should consider adopting learning pedagogies which help to increase individual students’ self-concept of ability and inspires them to recognise the value of biomechanics in their potential career aspirations.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sports Biomechanics
Creators: Felton, P.J.
Publisher: Informa UK Limited
Date: 3 May 2023
ISSN: 1476-3141
Rights: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 01 Nov 2023 11:56
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2023 11:56
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/50200

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