The department of Physical Education and Sport, under the auspices of the Faculty of Science, hosted a one-day workshop on Industrial Attachment in physical education and sport at Century Towers boardroom 12th floor, on 3May 2019.
In his opening remarks, Prof T.P.Z Mpofu, the Dean, Faculty of Science informed the participants that the integration of Industrial Attachment courses in ZOU programmes is in compliance with Higher Education discourse and ZIMCHE directive. “Through collaboration and partnerships with the private sector and sports associations, we can transform our learners from Education 3.0 (teaching, research and community service) to Education 5.0 (teaching and learning, research, community service, innovation and industrialisation) with a thrust to be innovative through applied research to achieve modernization of the sports industry”, added the Dean.
In the words of John Dewey, “Theory without practice is worthless.” Pursuant to this statement, and in line with Education 5.0, Industrial Attachment courses are designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice, enable hands-on, on-the-job training and work-based experience programme providing a real –life organisational context for students to develop specific or generic skills - valuable to their professional development.
The workshop participants were drawn from all members of the department of Physical Education and Sport; chairpersons for the Department of Health Sciences, Geography and Environmental studies, Mathematics and Statistics; Sport and Recreation Commission; National teaching practice Coordinator, Faculty of Education and Arts, Virtual Campus; Industrial Attachment liaison, Student services and Administrative staff.
The workshop participants had insightful deliberations on the following topics: Importance of Industrial Attachment in Physical Education and Sport; Experiences and challenges in management of Teaching Practice; Experiences and challenges in management of Health Sciences Practicum; Planning and Classroom Records (instruments) – Towards standardization; Supervision and Assessment, Host Centre & Department best practice and Work Area Records (instruments), Technology, Innovation and Modernization.