Learning how to coach: the different learning situations reported by coaches

Wright, Trevor; Trudel, Pierre; Culver, Diane and Oakley, Ben (2009). Learning how to coach: the different learning situations reported by coaches. In: Heaney, Caroline; Oakley, Ben and Rea, Simon eds. Exploring Sport and Fitness: Work-based practice. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 219–229.

URL: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/97804154915...


This chapter aims to identify and describe the different learning situations reported by coaches, and to gain some insight into their preferred sources of knowledge. It starts by outlining the background to classifying sources of coach learning as formal, non-formal and informal (Nelson et al.,2006). The chapter then moves onto the main section which identifies the range of learning situations experienced by coaches. This section of the chapter draws heavily on a study that used 35 interviews of community youth ice hockey coaches in Canada (Wright et al., 2007); the main issues identified in the Canadian study are transferable to other sports and settings. Quotes have been used from Wright et al.'s (2007) interviews for coaches to explain, in their own words, how they perceive their learning; in addition, edited sections of their explanatory text have been utilised and referenced throughout. The chapter concludes by considering the learning preferences of coaches from a variety of sports (Erickson et al., 2009).

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