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Athlete and coach-led education that teaches about abuse: an overview of education theory and design considerations


McMahon, J and Lang, M and Zehntner, C and McGannond, KR, Athlete and coach-led education that teaches about abuse: an overview of education theory and design considerations, Sport Education and Society pp. 1-15. ISSN 1357-3322 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13573322.2022.2067840


Research shows that athletes across levels and sports have been subjected to maltreatment with non-sexualised forms such as psychological abuse and neglect found to be the most common. With the normalisation of many of these forms of abuse occurring in sports, researchers have called for the ‘safeguarding’ of athletes to focus on prevention through evidence-based education. Yet evidence-based education that teaches about abuse remains limited in the research literature. Further, an examination of educational theory, design considerations and the implications of such applications when applied to learning contexts in sport remains scarce. This paper is the first generated from a project where an online athlete-and coach-led abuse education program was designed, implemented, and evaluated with the purpose of teaching children through to adults (coaches, athletes) about non-sexualised types of abuse, along with the effects of such maltreatment. This paper provides an overview of the educational theory and design considerations, namely Ivor Goodson and Scherto Gill’s narrative pedagogy and the use of culturally responsive and culturally relevant content, with challenges and possibilities of these applications outlined. Recommendations are then made, based on facilitator and participant feedback which may assist sporting organisations and child protection agencies worldwide when designing, developing, revising, or implementing their own education programs to teach about abuse.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:safeguarding, prevention, abuse education, evidence-based education; narrative pedagogy; sport
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:McMahon, J (Associate Professor Jennifer McMahon)
UTAS Author:Zehntner, C (Dr Chris Zehntner)
ID Code:149978
Year Published:2022
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2022-05-05
Last Modified:2023-01-23

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