Step 2 is intended to be an extension, reworking and critical interpretation of the experiential account. It is expected that you will demonstrate your ability to respond to the suggestions and critical comments provided on the experiential account, as well as critically incorporate and consider your reading and lecture materials. In other words, you are expected to incorporate two voices in this second account: one being first-person, descriptive and particular, the other third-person and theoretically informed.
In this second section, you are expected to re-write your experiential account to make it even more evocative – e.g. making fuller and more creative use of language (adjectives, adverbs, analogies, metaphors, etc) – to draw the reader into, and immerse them in the reported leisure related experience.
Critically consider what you believe to be the key contributions to debates within the psychology of leisure that help to explain (interpret) you experiential account. How can we understand this experience/event? Using what Leisure Psychological theoretical contribution(s)?
The critical interpretation of the experiential account must include a clear introduction, a clear reflective [storytelling] section, and a concluding section.
The concluding section should synthesis [bring together] the key messages of the experiential essay and their significance to your leisure – i.e. what does all this mean? It may have been an event that had a momentary impact or one that still resonates in your live. In other words, can you describe in what ways you may have been changed by the experience, for better or worse, in terms of your ‘self’ understanding as a person, athlete, teacher, etc, and/or in their relations with team-mates, opponents, friends, coaches, parents or others who may have been related to, or affected by, the event?
Below is a [not too positive] example of how an experiential report might be developed in the critical interpretation of the experiential account:
-My feet hit the ground and a jolt went through my body as I was brought back to reality. Instead of ‘sticking’ the landing like I normally do, my right ankle rotated at an unnatural angle and I felt a searing pain shoot up my leg as my ankle buckled underneath me. My ankle had swollen to the size of a tennis ball and it had begun to turn a frightful shade of purple. After seeing my ankle, the sick feeling moved to my throat and I suddenly wanted to vomit. In phenomenological terms this can be referred to as ‘body-as-object,’ which Kretchmar (1994:35-36) relates to mind-body dualism and the experience of the body as a machine. For me, I was not fully a person, but felt simply as an object, a ‘done ankle’.
– Technical Details –
In the essay, you should make reference to a wide variety of literature sources and ensure that throughout the essay you fully acknowledge sources and do so correctly. You must include a bibliography.
Some General Guidance
Step 1: What I’m looking for here is originality and detailed depth of reflection. There is little point in offering an example which has already been written about in detail (i.e. examples from the literature). Remember YOU are the authority on your own leisure experiences, therefore, you must tell the story of your experience so that the reader is permitted inside that experience.
Step 2: Remember, it is what and/or who you feel to be the main contributors to be that best explain your experience. Therefore it would be a good idea to explain your choices. Communicate (show off!) to the reader how much you understand. It is important to be aware that an ‘essay format’ is required, and therefore it is expected that you develop a clear argument using key relevant literature sources to underpin your work.
It is also important to recognise that the assessment brief asks for you to ‘critically consider’ what you believe to be the key contributions to the psychology of leisure. This requires that you do not simply state/describe why it is a particular theory or contribution is key, in your eyes; you must be sure to draw upon multiple perspectives. Remember it is only a key contribution because it provides something (a different perspective, way of approaching a common topic) that helps to explain or interpret your own leisure experience – it is all relative!
Do not try and cover every contribution ever made which theoretical/research contribution has captured your imagination, and why? How do they help explain your leisure experience? How does this experience qualify as leisure what theoretical contributions have helped you in explaining this (de Grazia, Neulinger)? What is the nature of the contribution made (definitional, descriptive, or explanatory)? What has it brought to the study of leisure that was not available already? Are the key contributions you have chosen related in any way, if so how? Is there anything that the contributions you have chosen do not, or are unable to tell us?
This is not an exhaustive set of questions you might ask within your work and in no way reflects everything that you could include in your essay. It is how you develop this opinion/argument that interests me. So, how have you come to think this way? What literature has been pivotal for you in formulating your understanding of these contributions? What literature criticises or opposes such contributions? Is leisure more complex a phenomenon than just doing something in your free time?
This is your assessment, take ownership of it. The content, structure, direction of argument, use of literature and the subject and nature of the essay is all down to you STOP and think what can this assessment do for me?.
Self-assessment: Content and Guidance
Learning Outcomes Vs Assessment Criteria:
An illustration of which Unit learning outcomes and related assessment criteria are formally activated in this assessment these are the learning outcomes and assessment criteria you are required to be assessed on in this Unit.
Unit Learning Outcome Related Assessment Criteria
1. Critically evaluate the salient debates within the psychology of leisure.
Illustrate through discussion and example, the ability to evaluate the key theoretical perspectives in the psychology of leisure
2. Demonstrate a confident appreciation of the key relationships between leisure and the individual.
Acknowledge and communicate what part leisure- related psychology play in our understanding of the field.
Personalising how you are assessed: Options
You are also required to select one of the following Learning Outcomes and its related Assessment Criteria that you believe to best fit with your own essay, allowing you to be assessed in a personalised manner across a total of four Learning Outcomes.
Unit Learning Outcome Related Assessment Criteria
5. Demonstrate a clear appreciation of the significant psychological factors relevant to leisure planning and provision.
Identify the salient psychological factors that potentially contribute to the leisure planning process.
6. Identify and communicate the relevance of the individual with regard to leisure trends.
Analyse and interpret leisure trends and evaluate the key psychological factors
7. Create your own learning outcome that best fits your essay. What does your essay do/say that is not captured by the above LO’s? Perhaps it is the key message of your essay that you want to be assessed on, what is it? Create your own assessment criterion that relates to your personalised LO. How ought a LO of this nature be assessed? How would you want to be assessed with regards such a LO?
Self-assessment (300 words): You may want to consider the following then again, you may want to do your own thing?
Reflect and critically consider how you have satisfied the set of Learning Outcomes (LO’s) you have chosen. Use the Assessment Criteria as guidance. How has your essay satisfied these criteria, in what ways? Did you choose the right LO’s? Given the opportunity would you select a different combination of LO’s and Why? If chosen, how did developing your own learning outcome feel and why did you choose to do so? What were the challenges and/or benefits of doing this? Has it added to your assessment experience? In what way(s)?
The self-assessment ought to be included as a separate section to your work after your concluding remarks and before your Bibliography section. Be sure to clearly set out the Learning Outcomes along with your explanation how you do this is your call.
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