Delivering Educational Excellence within Sport and Exercise Science: Shaping the future of our Community

Smith, Mark F (2019) Delivering Educational Excellence within Sport and Exercise Science: Shaping the future of our Community. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 61 . ISSN 1754-3444

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Delivering excellence in sport and exercise science, the BASES mission statement, presents us with an opportunity to envision a future for our community where we can make a deep and meaningful impact on the experiences of those we interact with. Central to this is the commitment to educational excellence, that being education that unlocks potential in all, prepares us and those we interact with for the future, and offers an inclusive enriching experience that empowers a sense of life-long learning within and beyond our discipline. Educational excellence provides a foundation for our individual and collective future success.
Committing to Educational Excellence
Deploying innovative teaching and learning strategies to identify and nurture the specific talents of those we work with should be inherently woven into the fabric of our own sport and exercise science practice. Whether through research, professional practice or scholarly activity, our commitment to ensuring educational excellence should be our guiding principle. Motivating others along their educational journey, future-proofing them with work-ready skills and attitudes, providing them with a secure foundation for the development of confidence, self-esteem and a passion for learning, ensures academic, personal and professional success. As a community of sport and exercise science practitioners, it is incumbent upon each of us to provide an excellent educational experience that supports their personal journeys and professional skill development for a future we know is uncertain.
Scholarship in Sport and Exercise Science
Curating self-awareness of educational scholarship presents us with an opportunity to reflect upon, and transform, our teaching and learning practice (Fanghanel et al., 2016). Good scholarship requires us to develop our knowledge, apply our knowledge within practice by engaging others and our community, and promote scholarship of our teaching as a vehicle to generate investigations on teaching and improve student outcomes (Fung. 2016). Given the wider context of the Teaching Excellence Framework, the OfS regulatory oversight, and institutional and personal drivers towards educational excellence and enhanced student experience, the opportunity for BASES to discuss and develop our views on educational scholarship can act to support SoLT across the Association.
The impact and role expectations of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning have reached a heightened level of scrutiny over recent years. TEF-primed, universities now seek to justify and illustrate their teaching excellence in more explicit (and sometimes more diverse) ways. This has transformed the way scholarship criteria and expectations are written by Universities into role descriptions and promotions criteria. Teaching Scholarship pathways have been built or refreshed at multiple HEIs. Some universities have carved out new ‘Education & Scholarship’ pathways to support innovation and pedagogy. Some have adapted old ‘Teaching-focused’ pathways but largely retain a hierarchy between Research and Scholarship.

Education and Teaching Special Interest Group
To strengthen our commitment to educational excellence and scholarship, and to support members in building their SoTL portfolios of practice, the formation of a Special Interest Group is beginning to emerge. The overarching aim of the BASES Education and Teaching SIG will be to promote excellence in teaching and learning within and across our disciplines. The group’s mission will be to:
- Set standards for excellence in teaching and learning in sport and exercise science education;
- Promote the use of evidence-informed sport and exercise science education;
- Identify improvements in traditional approaches and support innovation in curriculum planning, teaching and learning, assessment and educational management;
- Recognise the global nature of teaching and learning in sport and exercise science education;
- Influence the continued development of sport and exercise science education through collaboration with relevant national, regional and international bodies;
- Recognise and utilise cognate activity/research in related medicine and allied health professions.
Emerging Themes and Future Directions
In recognising this board and complex agenda, a recent workshop held at the 16th BASES Heads of Department Forum has provided emergent direction that can begin to shape future activities. Themes included employability and career planning, teaching and learning case studies, recipe cards for teaching activity, skills framework for the future, SOTL promotional pathway support, transitions across educational boundaries and industry and organisational partnership. In addition to these there is recognition that, working across divisions, the SIG can also act to:
- Identify how, as a sector, we utilise and/or generate Teaching and Learning related research;
- Ensure the SIG has a visibility at the National Conferences, and offers symposiums and webinars aligned to education and teaching;
- Promote the sharing of information through national and international networking, conferences, publications and online activities;
- Contribute to expert statements on themes aligned to Education and Teaching;
- Further develop the National Accreditation (Pedagogy/Andragogy) route as a means of promoting teaching excellence within and beyond the Association.
An exciting opportunity awaits us, building a community committed to educational excellence within and beyond our Association. By engaging with our student members, and working collaboratively across our disciplines we can begin to foster a strengthened value for educational excellence, commensurate with the high-profile sport and exercise science research BASES is renowned for.

Keywords:Sport science education
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C600 Sports Science
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:49472
Deposited On:23 May 2022 09:11

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