A report on the development of an instructional unit entitled 'an introduction to archery'

Hefferton, William Conrad (1979) A report on the development of an instructional unit entitled 'an introduction to archery'. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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The main purpose of this study was to produce a videotape program utilizing the basic instructional aids for beginners in archery. Provisions for progression in competence in the sport geared to the students' interests was also an important consideration. Furthermore, the program was to be tested to determine if the students, after viewing the videotape, would reach certain predetermined levels of knowledge. -- I An Introduction to Archery,' the title of the program, was produced at St. Clare's Mercy Hospital, in St. John's, Newfoundland, and dealt with a comprehensive body of knowledge that a beginning archer would require. -- The participants of the study were twenty Grade Ten students from Gander, Newfoundland, and twenty physical education majors from Memorial University of Newfoundland. The pretest was administered to the students from Gander and they were then permitted to view the videotape production in total. For the Gander students the viewing was immediately followed by the posttest. In lieu of this test, the physical education majors at Memorial University of Newfoundland were given a reaction questionnaire to subjectively analyze the contents of the videotape and their reactions were tabulated. -- Evaluation was attempted in three ways: (i) a t-test of dependent means, (ii) a Percentage Analysis, and (iii) an Item Analysis. -- On the basis of the evaluative data a significant improvement from the pretest to the posttest period was evident in all students tested. Also, other investigative techniques, such as, the questionnaire and informal conversation gave further evidence which strongly suggested that demonstration by a skilled instructor on videotape resulted in (i) teaching beginning motor skills, (ii) providing uniformed-controlled presentation, and (iii) in arousing student interest in archery. The results of the project tended to suggest, then, that when live demonstrations by a skilled instructor are not available, video demonstrations are recommended.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/10645
Item ID: 10645
Additional Information: Bibliography : leaves 68-71.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1979
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Archery; Physical education and training.

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