MA473  Pedagogical theory I  (15 ECTS) 

Course facts

Course code
MA473
Course title
Pedagogical theory I
ECTS
15 ECTS
Semester
Fall
Course language
English
Academic responsible
Kenneth Aggerholm

Introduction

This course provides a broad introduction to pedagogical theories within the human and social sciences. During the course, students will gain insights into key developments and positions within pedagogical theory - from their historical roots to their role and relevance in society today. Through engaging with a selection of pedagogical theories, the course aims to equip students with the theoretical tools to address complex pedagogical issues and questions within a variety of movement and activity contexts.

The course is divided into three main parts, each of which considers a broadly themed disciplinary approach to pedagogical theory:

  • Philosophical and anthropological approaches
  • Sociological and critical theoretical approaches
  • Psychological and ecological approaches

In each of the above themed sections, students will be presented with key theories and concepts that have come to shape contemporary knowledge and practice. The theory will be illustrated through cases featuring familiar pedagogical contexts, such as teaching, coaching, mentoring, social work, therapy, and rehabilitation, as well as in relation to policy development and empirical research.

The course concludes with an open seminar where students and teachers explore how specific theories can be used to more deeply understand pedagogy in practice and research. 

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, students will be able to

  • understand and articulate key philosophical and anthropological traditions underpinning modern pedagogical approaches
  • understand and articulate key sociological and critical theoretical frameworks as they relate to teaching and learning
  • understand and articulate key psychological and ecological perspectives that can be used to interpret pedagogical practice
  • compare and critically discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the central theoretical perspectives presented during the course
  • explore synergies and alignments between theoretical perspectives presented during the course 

Learning styles and activities

Lectures, workshops, discussion groups and case-based teaching methods. It concludes with a seminar for all teachers and students. 

Mandatory assignment

After each main part of the course, students hand in a short written assignment that is evaluated as passed/failed.

All three assignments must be approved to qualify for the final examn. 

Assessment

The final examination is a written essay comprised of 3.000 words. Graded A-F.

Can be written in English, Norwegian or other Scandinavian languages. 

Core material

2 BOOKS:
Blau, J. J. C., & Wagman, J. B. (2022). Introduction to ecological psychology: A lawful approach to perceiving, acting, and cognizing. Routledge.
* This book is available for loan in the Library, her: ORIA
** This book is also available electronic: Click here to download.
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Huber, J. J. (2013). Applying educational psychology in coaching athletes. Human Kinetics.
* This book is available for loan in the Library, her: ORIA

PARTS OF 1 BOOK:
Pringle, R., Larsson, H. & Gerdin, G. (Eds.) (2019). Critical research in sport, health and physical education: How to make a difference. Routledge.
Please read chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18:
* This book is available for loan in the Library, her: ORIA
** This book is also available electronic: Click here to download.
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1 DIGITAL COMPENDIUM - available through Canvas:
Aggerholm, K. (Ed.). (2022). MA473: Pedagogical theory I: FAll 2022 [Digital compendium]. 
* This PDF is available through Canvas.

Table of contents (reference list), alphabetically in APA-style, 7th ed.:
Aggerholm, K. (2017). Ethics of youth sport. I R. S. Kretchmar (Ed.), Philosophy: Sport (pp. 223-242). Macmillan.

Aggerholm, K., & Standal, Ø. F. (2021). Kroppslig læring er noe man kan øve seg på. I T. P. Østern, Ø. Bjerke, G. Engelsrud, & A. G. Sørum (Ed.), Kroppslig læring - perspektiver og praksiser (pp. 72-83). Universitetsforlaget.

Biesta, G. (2020). Danning og oppdragelse - om viktigheten av et skille. I T. Sævi & G. Biesta (Ed.), Pedagogikk, periferi og verdi: Eksistensiell dialog om skole og samfunn (pp. 143-155). Fakbokforlaget.

Biesta, G. (2020). Educational research: An unorthodox introduction. Bloomsbury.
* Pages 7-23.

Biesta, G. (2022). World-Centred education: A view for the present. Routledge.
* Pages 40-57 and 75-102.

Bollnow, O. F. (1987). Crisis and new beginning: Contributions to a pedagogical anthropology. Duquesne University Press.
* Pages 154-166.

Brinkmann, M., & Friesen, N. (2018). Phenomenology and education. I P. Smeyers (Ed.), International handbook of philosophy of education (pp. 591-608). Springer.

Dewey, J. (1997). Experience and education. Touchstone.
* Pages 33-50.

Dewey, J. (1999). Erfaring og tenkning. In E. L. Dale (Ed.), Skolens undervisning og barnets utvikling: Klassiske tekster (pp. 53-66). Ad Notam Gyldendal.

Dewey, J. (1999). Utdannelse som konservativ og progressiv. In E. L. Dale (Ed.), Skolens undervisning og barnets utvikling. Klassiske tekster (pp. 41-52). Ad Notam Gyldendal.

Lerner, R. M., Hershberg, R. M., Hilliard, L .J. &  Johnson, S. K. (2015). Concepts and theories of human development. In H. M. Bornstein & M. E. Lamb (Eds.), Developmental science: An advanced textbook (7th ed.) (pp. 3-43). Psychology Press. 

Rudd, J. R., Foulkes, J. D., O’Sullivan, M., & Woods, C. T. (2021). “A ‘fundamental’ myth of movement with a ‘functional’ solution. In A. Whitehead & J. Coe (Eds.), Myths of sports coaching (pp. 121-140). Sequoia Books.

Standal, Ø. (2015). Phenomenology and pedagogy in physical education. Routledge.
* Pages 80-99.

Tinning, R. (2010). Pedagogy and human movement: Theory, practice, research. Routledge.
* Pages 3-22.

20 ELECTRONIC ARTICLES:

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Agans, J. P., Säfvenbom, R., Davis, J. L., Bowers, E. P., & Lerner, R. M. (2013). Positive movement experiences: Approaching the study of athletic participation, exercise, and leisure activity through relational developmental systems theory and the concept of embodiment. Advances in Child Development and Behavior, 45, 261-286.
* This PDF is available through Canvas.
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Aggerholm, K., & Moltke Martiny, K. M. (2017). Yes we can! A phenomenological study of a sports camp for young people with cerebral palsy. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 34(4), 362-381. https://doi.org/10.1123/apaq.2015-0135
* The article is available online: Click here to download.

Andersson, J., Östman, L., & Öhman, M. (2015). I am sailing—towards a transactional analysis of ‘body techniques’. Sport, Education and Society, 20(6), 722-740. https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2013.802684
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David, K., Araujo, D., Shuttleworth, R. & Button, C. (2003). Acquiring skill in sport: A constraints led perspective. International Journal of Computer Science in Sport, 2(2), 31-39.
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Engström, L. M. (2008). Who is physically active? Cultural capital and sports participation from adolescence to middle age: A 38-year follow-up study. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy13(4), 319-343. https://doi.org/10.1080/17408980802400510
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Ericsson, K. A., Krampe, R. T., & Tesch-Römer, C. (1993). The role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance. Psychological Review100(3), 363. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.190327
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Handford, C., Davids, K., Bennett, S., & Button, C. (1997). Skill acquisition in sport: Some applications of an evolving practice ecology. Journal of Sports Sciences, 15(6), 621-640. https://doi.org/10.1080/026404197367056
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Madsen, K. L., & Aggerholm, K. (2020). Embodying education: A bildung theoretical approach to movement integration. Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy, 6(2), 159-164. https://doi.org/10.1080/20020317.2019.1710949
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Næss, H. S., Säfvenbom, R., & Standal, Ø. F. (2014). Running with Dewey: Is it possible to learn to enjoy running in High School Physical Education. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 6(2), 301-315. https://doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2013.796489
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Quennerstedt, M. (2019). Physical education and the art of teaching: Transformative learning and teaching in physical education and sports pedagogy. Sport, Education and Society, 24(6), 611-623. https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2019.1574731
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Ronkainen, N. J., Aggerholm, K., Ryba, T. V., & Allen-Collinson, J. (2020). Learning in sport: From life skills to existential learning. Sport, Education and Society, 26(2), 214-227. https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2020.1712655
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Rudd, J. R., Woods, C.,Correia, V., Seifert, L. &  Davids, K.(2021). An ecological dynamics conceptualisation of physical ‘education’: Where we have been and where we could go next. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 26(3), 293-306. https://doi.org/10.1080/17408989.2021.1886271
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Saeverot, H., Reindal, S. M., & Wivestad, S. M. (2013). Introduction: Reconnecting with existentialism in an age of human capital. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 32(5), 443-448. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11217-013-9374-3
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Standal, Ø. F., & Aggerholm, K. (2016). Habits, skills and embodied experiences: A contribution to philosophy of physical education. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 10(3), 269-282. https://doi.org/10.1080/17511321.2016.1220972
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Säfvenbom, R., Geldof, J. & Haugen, T. (2014). Sports clubs as accessible developmental assets for all? Adolescents’ assessment of egalitarianism vs. elitism in schools and sports. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 6(3), 443-457. https://doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2013.815255
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Woods, C. T., Araújo, D., Davids, K. & Rudd, J. R. (2021). From a technology that replaces human perception: Action to opne that expands it: Some critiques of current technology use in sport. Sports Medicin - Open, 7(76). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40798-021-00366-y
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Woods, C. T., McKeown, I., Rothwell, M., Araújo, D., Robertson, S., & Davids, K. (2020). Sport practitioners as sport ecology designers: How ecological dynamics has progressively changed perceptions of skill “acquisition” in the sporting habitat. Frontiers in Psychology, 11. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00654
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Woods, C. T., Rudd, J. R., Robertson, S., & Davids, K. (2020). Wayfinding: How ecological perspectives of navigating dynamic environments can enrich our understanding of the learner and the learning process in sport. Sports Medicine - Open, 6(1), 51. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40798-020-00280-9
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Woods, C. T., Rudd, J., Gray, R., & Davids, K. (2021). Enskilment: An ecological-anthropological worldview of skill, learning and education in sport. Sports Medicine - Open, 7(1), 33. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40798-021-00326-6
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Aasland, E., Walseth, K., & Engelsrud, G. (2019). The constitution of the ‘able’and ‘less able’student in physical education in Norway. Sport, Education and Society, 25(5), 479-492. https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2019.1622521
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