RESEARCH ON LEARNING INTRODUCTORY BIOMECHANICSIMECHANICS

Duane Knudson

Abstract


Most students find mechanics and biomechanics concepts munterintuitive and difficult, and therefore have a negative perception of the subject. This paper reviews the research on learning biomechanical concepts, noting recent advances in standardized tests, identifying factors associated with learning, and strategies to increase learning. Active learning pedagogies typically double learning of mechanics and biomechanics concepts compared to traditional lecturellab instruction. The Scholarship of Teachlng and Learnlng (SoTL) literature in many sclences clearly supports use of active learning strategies, focusing on student engagement through personal and career interests, and emphasis on qualitative understanding of concepts. Biomechanics faculty can advance student interest in the field by continued faculty engagement and support of SoTL research.

Keywords


Instruction; education; pedagogy; physics;teaching

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ISSN 1999-4168