Perceived Learning Outcomes from Participation in One Type of Registered Student Organization: Equestrian Sport Clubs

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Erin Mikulec Kathleen McKinney

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Abstract: Learning takes place both in and outside the classroom. While there are a studies that focus on the professional, developmental, and learning outcomes of participation in student organizations, there has been insufficient research on these outcomes in sport clubs specifically and no research in an equestrian setting.  In this paper, we report on the results of an on-line, primarily qualitative, questionnaire study conducted with members of a collegiate student organization, the Equestrians, at a large Midwestern U.S. university, as well as schools with similar organizations within the region and across the nation. Students were asked their reasons for joining the club and perceptions of what they learned, beyond equestrian skills, from participation in the organization. The respondents reported equestrian and interpersonal reasons for joining, and that participation increased their development in a number of academic and professional areas, especially in terms of 1. work ethic/time management/balance, 2. collaboration/communication/teamwork, and 3. leadership.

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Mikulec, E., & McKinney, K. (2014). Perceived Learning Outcomes from Participation in One Type of Registered Student Organization: Equestrian Sport Clubs. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 14(3), 94-109. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.14434/josotl.v14i3.4168
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Erin Mikulec, Illinois State University

Erin Mikuulec, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University. Her research interests include teacher education, teaching for global engagement and second language acquisition.

Kathleen McKinney, Illinois State University

Kathleen McKinney, Ph.D. is Professor of Sociology Emeritus & Cross Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Illinois State University. Her researchs interests include social psychology, undergraduate education/teaching, teaching and learning in sociology, interpersonal relationships, and sexuality.