Sports Leaders, Values and Identity: The Tutor Training Process

Scott, David Steven (2012). Sports Leaders, Values and Identity: The Tutor Training Process. MRes thesis The Open University.



The world of sport, from the elite to the community level, relies on the recruitment of volunteers. With recent research showing the number of young volunteers declining, the role of organisations that promote youth volunteering, such as Sports Leaders UK, will prove crucial in the long term sustainability of sport in the UK. However there is a lack of research directed at how those who teach these courses are taught themselves during the tutor training process. Research into the lifelong learning realm has identified problems associated with this kind of learning, most notably that of studentship. This project aims to explore the tutor training process of Sports Leaders UK in order to determine whether their values are being taught and understood, or whether studentship is prevalent. An autoethnographic approach was adopted, which involved participating in tutor training courses, interviewing other attendees and the tutor trainers, and conducting a discourse analysis of the materials involved. The results are presented in the form of a first person narrative account and reflect my experiences of the tutor training process. The findings indicate that there is a lack of studentship on the courses due to the agency afforded to candidates and the adaptation of the Courses to appeal to the audiences’ identity.

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