The Modern Coach's Perspective on Subtle Influence Through Orchestation
University of Wales
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The purpose of this work is threefold. Firstly, the concept of ambiguity in coaching is hereby specifically defined as a group of socially diverse spheres of experience, possessed by each individual within the coaching environment that amalgamate, conflict or submit to each other as situations unfold. Secondly, Argued is that the concept of athlete-driven practice has underlying mechanics that when faced with a lack of effective leadership, allows athletes to temporarily develop themselves using the knowledge they already possess. Thirdly, tentatively offered as a result of the findings is a method that attempts to afford coaches the opportunity to become orchestrators within coaching (Jones & Wallace, 2005). Through providing a deliberate practice built around the facilitation of learning, coaches can hereby encourage athletes to use their relative pool of experiential knowledge to develop almost independently. As such, use of the autoethnographic method has been adopted for this study since events experienced by the researcher do well to highlight the relevant considerations for achieving the aforementioned goals. Likewise, the admittedly limited perspective offered by the autoethnographic methodology does leave space for analysis of other complex variables not directly examined in this work, as well as further applied development of the proposed practice by future researchers.
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