Exploring the interplay between learning, knowledge, biography and practice: The tale of an experienced track and field athletics coach.

Luke Oldridge, Lee Nelson, Kenny Greenough, Paul Potrac

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Abstract

This paper examines how the learning biography of Jack (pseudonym), an experienced track and field athletics coach, shaped his thoughts about coaching practice. Data were collected through seven in-depth, semi-structured, narrative-biographical interviews that formed part of a cyclical and iterative data analysis process. Our analysis of Jack’s narrative revealed how his understanding of two distinct features of his coaching practice (i.e. implementation of periodization and pedagogical delivery style) developed in contrasting ways. Jack’s story was primarily, although not exclusively, interpreted using Alheit’s concepts of biographical learning and biographicity, Biesta and Tedder’s writings on agency and learning in the life-course, and Jarvis’ discussion of learning as a process of becoming. The findings of this study raise significant questions for how the field of sports coaching seeks to understand coach learning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-268
JournalInternational Sport Coaching Journal
Volume3
Issue number3
Early online date1 Sep 2016
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Sep 2016

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