The identity, epistemology and developmental experiences of high-level adventure sports coaches

Christian, Edward, Berry, Matthew and Kearney, Philip E. (2017) The identity, epistemology and developmental experiences of high-level adventure sports coaches. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 17 (4). pp. 353-366. ISSN 1472-9679

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This study aims to further the literature on the identity and practices of adventure sports coaches. Previous research has shown that these coaches hold well defined epistemic beliefs that underpin their approaches to coaching. We sought to explore whether these findings applied to a more diverse sample and to examine their working practices and developmental experiences. Semi-structured interviews were conducted on high-level adventure sports coaches. Inductive thematic analysis showed that (1) the coaches share similar working practices which are unpredictable and varied, (2) that the coaches possess and can articulate sophisticated epistemological beliefs and (3) the coaches consider themselves to be on a constant learning journey. The findings are discussed in relation to educating future coaches.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Issue 4: Adventure revisited: critically examining the concept of adventure and its relations with contemporary outdoor education and learning
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports > GV711 Coaching
Divisions: Departments > Physical Education and Sports Coaching
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Depositing User: Edward Christian
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2017 10:16
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2019 15:54

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