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How narrative became a useful tool in reconstructing coaching identity


Zehntner, CH and McMahon, JA, How narrative became a useful tool in reconstructing coaching identity, AARE Conference Proceedings, 30 November- 3 December, University of Technology, Queensland ISSN 1324-9320 (2014) [Conference Extract]

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In this research, the use of narrative accounts is investigated as the catalyst for the evolution of one coach’s identity. Unable to sustain a coaching identity that was deemed to be appropriate by my coaching mentors, I disengaged from the swimming culture. This was due in part to the expression of power within the mentor-mentee relationship embedded in the coach development pathway, and within the wider sporting culture. By utilising a narrative approach; writing and deconstructing my own narratives in relation to coach identity development within the mentor mentee relationship, I developed an alternative approach. I established a sustainable coaching identity that demonstrated on balance judgement and reflective consideration of actions rather than deference to constructs within the mentor-mentee relationship. This research suggests that the use of narrative as an integral element in coach education can be powerful in terms of deconstructing cultural ideologies and in the construction of a sustainable coaching identity. The combination of these two components is powerful in terms of enabling a coaching identity to evolve. It is therefore suggested that the development of a sustainable mentor-mentee relationship is inextricably linked with the expression of narrative and the critical reflection on the same.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:narrative; coaching; swimming; Foucault
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Equity and access to education
UTAS Author:Zehntner, CH (Dr Chris Zehntner)
UTAS Author:McMahon, JA (Dr Jennifer McMahon)
ID Code:106887
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2016-02-25
Last Modified:2016-03-04

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