EXAMINATION OF THE UTILITY OF REFLECTIVE PRACTICE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF COACHING EFFECTIVENESS
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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Reflective practice has been frequently referred to within literature across a range of disciplines as a process that improves both personal and professional aspects of practice (Cropley & Hanton, 2011). Recent research has highlighted the importance of using reflective practice within sports coaching (e.g., Cropley et al., 2011). Coaching is continuing to develop as a profession and therefore it is important that coaches continue to improve practice and become more effective. The coaching environment reflects similar characteristics to domains where reflective practice is in use. A tool for judging effective coaching is yet to be identified therefore, an examination of the role of reflection is beneficial. Consequently, this study provides an examination of reflective practice within a sports coaching context. The study also examined effective coaching and attempted to uncover whether reflective practice could be used as a process to improve coaching practice. Four UKCC qualified cricket coaches, with two or more years coaching experience, participated in the study to examine the utility associated with reflective practice. The participant’s ages’ ranged from 20 to 40 years and included three males and one female. Reflective log were used to collect the participant’s reflections-on-coaching practice on a weekly basis. The participants were provided with a guidebook to help them understand the process. Following a period of six reflective weeks’ participants engaged in a semi-structured interview, allowing them to discuss their experiences of reflection. Each interview was recorded and then transcribed allowing deductive and inductive content analysis to be used in the study. All of the data analysis took trustworthiness into consideration. The participants reported on three main areas surrounding reflective practice: (1) reflective practice had benefits (e.g. making coaches more aware of themselves), (2) engaging in reflective practice caused some issues, (e.g. time and motivation), (3) changes that they would make in the future (e.g. different reflection methods). The findings of this study suggest that reflective practice can help to facilitate the development of effective coaching. However, it is important to take into consideration certain aspects that enhance reflective practice or may hinder the quality of a reflection.
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