Coach Education: (Re)conceptualising How Coaches Learn
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Research developments within sports coaching have stressed coaches as highly influential actors in shaping, creating and developing athletes’ experiences. It is therefore unsurprising to see that coach education and development has been subject to considerable investigation (e.g., Chesterfield, Jones, & Potrac 2010; Nelson & Cushion, 2006; Piggott, 2012, 2013; Townsend & Cushion, 2015). This chapter presents a brief insight to this associated literature, specifically concerning the conduct, experiences, and development of coach education. The discussion considers the location of sports coaching research, coach education and higher education provision. In doing so, a case study is presented that illustrates the educational and methodological possibilities for coaches to consider within their professional development. Specific attention will be paid to the future implications for coaches and their associated development in the form of ‘action research’ as a methodology; of which, the approach is presented as holding the possibility of both ‘deconstructing’ and ‘reconstructing’ coaching practice. The argument here draws upon Cassidy, Jones, and Potrac’s (2016) recommendations of ‘practical theorists’ and, by way of example, the chapter concludes by offering the experiences of a Doctoral student engaging in action research as a live case study.
Corsby, C., Thomas, G.L. and Santos, M. (2020) Coach Education: (Re)conceptualising How Coaches Learn. In: Corsby, C., Thomas, G.L. and Santos, M. Coaching for Human Development and Performance in Sports. Springer.
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