Use of observational learning to promote motor skill learning in physical education: A systematic review

Han, Yankun and Syed Ali, Syed Kamaruzaman and Ji, Lifu (2022) Use of observational learning to promote motor skill learning in physical education: A systematic review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (16). ISSN 1660-4601, DOI

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Observational learning is an effective pedagogical approach that can influence students' motor skill development at every level of physical education (PE). This study aimed to systematically summarize the evidence on observational learning for motor skill learning in PE and to generalize the evidence on the effect of model formats and verbal cues during observational learning. An electronic search of eight databases was conducted. Eighteen studies were included and their methodological quality was assessed using the Physiotherapy Evidence Database Scale. Best evidence synthesis (BES) was used to assess levels of evidence. Strong evidence supported the effect of observational learning on students' motor skill learning compared to students who did not participate in observational learning. Moderate evidence suggested that there is no significant difference in the effectiveness of observing an expert model compared to a self-model. Conflicting evidence was identified for the effect of the presence of verbal cues compared to the absence of verbal cues during observational learning. The results suggest that observational learning is useful for students' motor skill learning in PE. Given the influences of potential factors, we recommend that future studies investigate how observational learning interacts with verbal cues on students' motor skill learning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Modeling; Observational learning; Students; Physical education; Motor skill learning
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2023 03:00
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2023 03:00

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