Applied Health Physical Therapy 867

AHPT 867:  Principles of Teaching and Learning
Prerequisite: AHPT 850 or permission of the Department
Credit Hours: (2)

Principles of Teaching and Learning examines learning across the lifespan. The integration and application of teaching strategies and methods selected and developed for a specific audience will be emphasized.

Detailed Description of Course

Content: Principles of Teaching and Learning examines learning across the lifespan. An emphasis will be placed on the integration and application of teaching strategies and methods for a specific audience.  The course will develop teaching skills  and issues appropriate for different audiences (e.g., peers, patients, caregivers, families and the community) across the lifespan and in different settings. Students will develop and integrate learning and instructional theories and methods with technological communication media.    

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Course content may be presented by lecture, guest speakers, written assignments, development of a reflective journal, small group interactions, and student oral presentations.

Goals and Objectives of this Course

Will require students to:

1) Define cognition and assess changes in cognition across the lifespan; 2) Develop goals and objectives demonstrating Bloom's Taxonomy of hierarchy and domains of learning; 3) Describe the difference between teaching and learning styles across the lifespan; 4) Examine and analyze pathological changes in cognition in the older population and cognitive testing and its clinical implications; 5) Display sensitivity to cultural values, perceptions, and learning needs during interactions with peers, faculty, patients/clients, family members, caregivers, practitioners, and other professionals; 6) Compare and contrast learning and cognitive development and its clinical implication and be able to adjust teaching strategies; 7) Describe and develop an outcome assessment in order to determine the effectiveness for a particular learning activity; 8) Demonstrate effective communication with patient, families, peers, colleagues, across the lifespan; 9) Relate the principles and application of Motor Learning Theory to clinical practice across the lifespan; 10) Design, conduct, evaluate, and modify educational programs based on individuals or groups needs across the lifespan; 11) Distinguish and reflect on effective and ineffective clinical teaching strategies across the lifespan; 12) Discuss and understand the role of learning styles in a successful learning and teaching experience; 13) Describe learning styles and domains in learning and develop strategies for successful learning across the lifespan and cultures; 14) Self-assess learning style preference; 15) Measure and evaluate educational outcomes with individuals across the lifespan in the community and clinical settings; 16) Differentiate the different stages and changes in the health behavior and develop strategies to facilitate learning across the lifespan; 17) Match the learning styles of individuals across the lifespan and design/ apply appropriate presentation methods and media to enhance their learning; 18) Describe, discuss and debate the factors that influence an individual's learning abilities across the lifespan such as: socioeconomic status, age, disease processes, and language barriers; 19) Design an educational experience to enhance motor learning across the lifespan; 20) Compare and contrast child, adolescent, and adult learning; 21) Design an educational exercise for use during clinical and community experiences; 22) Identify personal and societal beliefs, values and experiences and how they affect the role of people with illness or disabilities in our culture and healthcare system.

Assessment Measures

May include but are not limited to:

Examinations, presentation of a community service project, completion of a one-on-one videotaped presentation of teaching using anevidence-based instructional method.

Other Course Information


Review and Approval

February 10, 2014