1 European Master s Programme in Sport & Exercise Psychology Dr Erwin Apitzsch Department of Psychology Lund University, Sweden
2 Lund University
3 Where in Sweden is Lund? Lund University
4 Partners in IP University of Copenhagen Lund University Halmstad University College Norwegian School of Sport University of Jyväskylä Vrije Universiteit University of Leipzig Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona University of Leuven Technical University of Lisbon University of Montpellier University of Thessaly
5 History of the programme 1988 On the agenda of the FEPSAC MC 1992 accepted Preparatory meetings: 1993 and1995 Leuven 1994 Cologne 1994 Barcelona 1995 Amsterdam 1997 First IC - 12 students from 6 universities Vanden Auweele, Y. (2003). Sport psychology and education. The European Masters in Exercise and Sport Psychology. In: E. Apitzsch and G. Schilling (Eds.) Sport Psychology in Europe. FEPSAC An organisational Platform and a Scientific Meeting Point. FEPSAC Monograph Series n:o 2. pp Biel, Switzerland: FEPSAC.
6 Network 12 European universities involved, 11 countries: Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium University of Copenhagen, Denmark University of Leipzig, Germany University of Thessaly, Greece Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain University Montpellier 1, France Free University Amsterdam, The Netherlands Lisbon Technical University, Portugal Lund University, Sweden Halmstad University College, Sweden University of Jyväskylä, Finland Norwegian School of Sport Science, Oslo, Norway
7 Aims To provide a top level European education in Sport and Exercise Psychology To develop a better understanding of Sport & Exercise Psychology mirroring cultural differences To provide the basis for an alumni programme
8 Structure of the Curriculum Semester I Home University, common Introductory reading package Semester II February: Two-week week Intensive Course Away University Period, Months Semester III Home university, dissertation, courses Semester IV Home university, dissertation, courses
10 Credits Allocated Common modules ECTS Credits Distance Learning package 10 Intensive Course 10 Dissertation 23 Sub total = 43 Taught elements at home and away Universities: Exercise & Sport Psychology courses Research Methods Others Sub total = 17 Total = 60 ECTS
11 DL Sport Psychology Talent detection and development Training Skill acquisition, technique training Training adherence, drop-out Psychological training Competition Psychological preparation for performance Cognitive processes during the competition Aggressive behaviour in competition Psychological processes after the competition Problem situations Drug abuse Injuries and injury rehabilitation Career termination / career transition Sport teams Coach and coaching
12 DL Exercise Psychology History of exercise psychology and the health benefits of exercise Antecedents I: Determinants of exercise across the lifespan Antecedents II: Motives and goals for physical activity and exercise. Antecedents III: theoretical and composite models of exercise behaviour. Outcomes I: non-clinical populations. Outcomes II: clinical populations. Outcomes III: Mechanisms. Intervention strategies I: individuals. Intervention strategies II: groups and communities
13 Intensive Course (IC) The two-week IC is the core of the programme Students and teachers of the participating universities are working together Teaching provided by the leading experts in the field Intensive learning through lectures, demonstrations, workshops Learning intercultural skills
14 IC Contents European Dimensions Sport & Fitness through the Lifespan Interventions Health and Well-being Assessment
15 IC Contents 2007 Topic I: Personal growth Exercise and the Self Coaching - a medium for learning & developing Eating Disorders in Sport Athletic Career Transitions Youth Sport: Assessment
16 IC Contents 2007 Topic II: Performance enhancement Motivation and Motivational Processes Consulting Olympic Athletes Relationship Coach-Athlete Instructing Mental Skills Psychological Prediction and Rehabilitation on Sport Injury
17 IC Contents 2007 Topic III: Communal level learning Team Dynamics Exercise and Teaching Social & Emotional Skills Delivering Sport Psychology Services in Europe Parents in Youth Sport
18 Organisers and participants of the IC 1997 Leuven (12) 1998 Köln (16) 1999 Leuven 15) 2000 Lund (15) 2001 Oslo (18) 2002 Amsterdam (21) 2003 Jyväskylä (25) 2004 Barcelona (22) 2005 Halmstad (23) 2006 Leipzig (29) 2007 Trikala (21) 2008 Lisbon
19 Participants by country 1) Belgium 66 2) The Netherlands 36 3) Sweden 24 4) Denmark 19 5) Finland 19
20 Intensive Course On the average 21 students from 12 universities participate yearly 217 students have participated in the programme Has been a success measured by the feedback Has lead to creation of an active alumni association in the field, ENYSSP
21 Funding IC s have been funded continuously since 1998 Funding received to cover students and teachers travel & subsistence costs to IC Student exchange periods funded by Erasmus grants
22 Evaluation 2007 Overall judgment (4.6) Interesting part of the programme (5.0) Sufficient prior knowledge (4.3) Learning (4.3) Relationship between theory and practice (3.5) Social programme (4.2) General administration (4.8) Average judgment of teachers (3.8)
23 Quotation One student stated: The Intensive Course is like the optimal university, all the best professors and students in the same place.
24 Valorisation Feedback to all network universities Information at international congresses FEPSAC website ENYSSP (The European Network of Young Specialists in Sport Psychology) Requests from all over the world
25 Aims of the ENYSSP * To develop a common language and to give support in education, research and professional practice and service delivery to young people with official qualification or an interest in the field of Sport and Exercise Psychology. To give the young specialists an active role in Sport and Exercise Psychology. To fulfil the need of young specialists in Sport and Exercise Psychology.
26 Conclusions The programme has been a success so far (feedback of the students and the teachers, success in studies - PhD s, employment of the students ) The number of students is increasing The aim that the alumni should keep on communicating achieved through ENYSSP
27 Curriculum Development Project in Sport and Exercise Psychology (CDSEP) In the course of earlier cooperation the network has been able to identify the worldwide need for education and research in sport and exercise psychology. Funding received from the European Commission for Curriculum Development for a three-year period The expected output is an integrated two-year Master s programme, which attracts also non- European students with its high quality of teaching.
28 CD -funding The coordinating institution received the major part of the funding for employing a person (academic planner) administering and guiding the project. During the project there will be altogether eight coordinator meetings to plan and develop the cooperation. The funding is distributed to the partners on the basis of their contribution, mainly for travel and subsistence expenses.
29 The aims and main activities of the CDSEP-project Agreement of admission criteria Student selection Learning outcomes Intensive course Assessments Quality assurance mechanisms Didactic materials and methodologies Awarding of double degrees in the joint network
30 Future plans: Double degrees (at least 30 ECTS offered in English) Developing common modules (e.g. IC) Increasing teaching in English Developing virtual courses for benefiting from other institutions expertise Erasmus Mundus application 2009 Possibly joint doctoral programme Quality assurance issues
31 The network Through the long cooperation the network has become a multicultural team highly motivated to proceed in the task to establish a Joint European Masters Programme in Sport and Exercise Psychology.
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