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Welcome to the Pedagogical Sciences Research Lab at the UW Division of Kinesiology & Health! Pedagogical sciences include the study of (a) teaching methods and instruction, (b), the reciprocity of teaching and learning, (c) how students acquire new knowledge, and (d) instructional methods that maximize participant motivation and skill development.
The Pedagogical Sciences Research Lab provides a platform to explore these mechanisms in a variety of physical education and physical activity settings from both an instructor and learner perspective. Our faculty have specialized expertise in fields of physical education teacher education, physical activity leader training, physical/cognitive/affective didactic learning and development, and teacher/student motivation. Graduate assistants in the Pedagogical Sciences Research Lab work on and lead projects to answer innovative research questions within these fields.
The Pedagogy Lab is currently conducting several on-going research initiatives, each with several sub-projects.
Outride Biking: This project funded through the Outride (Specialized Biking) Foundation examines the impact of mountain biking in PE using the Riding for Focus (R4F) curriculum on middle schools’ motivation and participation in physical education and extra-curricular biking opportunities. Dr. Tristan Wallhead acts as the lead investigator for this project
PE-307: This initiative is advocacy driven and targets both understanding the needs of Wyoming public school physical education programs and utilizing data to inform and influence policy. Drs. Ben Kern and Kelly Simonton co-lead on separate projects listed below.
Wyoming Physical Education Teaching (WYO PETe) Collaborative: WYO PETe provides evidence-based professional growth opportunities to Wyoming physical educators, promotes statewide teacher collaboration, and supports research designed to maximize effectiveness of continuing professional development. Dr. Ben Kern acts as the lead investigator for this project.
Healthy Pokes: This multi-component initiative focuses on a comprehensive approach to engaging Wyoming residents in health enhancing physical activity behaviors. The mission of the program is to spearhead programs in four key branches including: (a) Physical education students, (b) Physical education teachers, (c) Before/after school programming, (d) Youth and community programming. Our lab serves a variety of roles in these branch programs including the development, delivery, research and/or evaluation of each of the individual programs.