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The use of narrative in coach education: The effort on short and long-term practice


McMahon, JA, The use of narrative in coach education: The effort on short and long-term practice, Sports Coaching Review, 2, (1) pp. 33-48. ISSN 2164-0629 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/21640629.2013.836922


This paper reports on research exploring how narrative might challenge coaches ‘thinking’ and ‘doing.’ Narrative offers new ways of seeing the world by providing us with an opportunity to reflect on our experiences and, in doing so, observe new ways of being. Within this study, athletes' stories were presented to coaches to provide an alternate perspective to challenge coach practice, both in the present and long-term. The process provided coaches with a critical space to cast a ‘beam of consciousness’ over what they did and said to athletes. As a consequence, empathy and a more holistic approach to coaching were facilitated. It is contended that athletes' stories in the shape of narratives hold the potential to serve as effective means to challenge coaching practice, this developing more socially sensitive practice.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:coach education, pedagogy, narrative, reflexive, empathy, holistic
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:McMahon, JA (Associate Professor Jennifer McMahon)
ID Code:86708
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-10-15
Last Modified:2014-04-30

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