A1 Journal article (refereed)
Social Learning among Transplant Event Volunteers (2019)

Ng, K., & Salmikangas, A.-K. (2019). Social Learning among Transplant Event Volunteers. European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity, 12(2), Article 9. https://doi.org/10.5507/euj.2019.008

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Ng, Kwok; Salmikangas, Anna-Katriina

Journal or series: European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity

eISSN: 1803-3857

Publication year: 2019

Volume: 12

Issue number: 2

Article number: 9

Publisher: European Federation of Adapted Physical Activity

Publication country: Czechia

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5507/euj.2019.008

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/66556


Volunteering in adapted sports competitions has not been studied as much as in other competitions. Survey data from volunteers in a supportive role at the European Transplant Sport Week 2016 in Finland were analysed to report the way involvement in the event increased knowledge of transplantation. Through social learning theory, the aim of the study was to report the associations between changes in knowledge, training and volunteering experience of supportive role volunteers. A representative sample of the adult volunteers (n=95, Male=35, Female=60; Disabled=31, non-Disabled=64; Mage=49.7y old, SD=16.8) responded to a web-based survey. Questions included self-perceived knowledge of transplantation before training, after training and after the event. The data was analysed through ANOVA repeated measures to test the changes of knowledge at each phase, after adjusting for prior experience with transplantation. There were large effects from the knowledge rating (ranged from 4-10) prior to training (mean 6.04; SD=1.46) to after training (mean=7.89; SD=1.01, d=1.48) after the event (mean=8.82; SD=0.81, d=2.36) for people with no experience with transplantation. People with experience with transplantation (n=11) reported increased knowledge from training (mean=8.91, SD=0.70, d=1.31), but not from between after training and after the event. As volunteers' knowledge of the organ transplant sport had increased significantly due to the volunteer training and working at the event, it can be noted that the volunteer programme was successful in terms of achieving the desired goal.

Keywords: disabled sports; sports contests; sports events; volunteer work; social learning; informal learning; experiential learning

Free keywords: training; nonformal learning; experiential learning; volunteering

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2019

JUFO rating: 1

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