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Behaviourism, Constructivism and Sports Coaching Pedagogy: A Conversational Narrative in the Facilitation of Player Learning

Roberts, SJ and Potrac, P (2014) Behaviourism, Constructivism and Sports Coaching Pedagogy: A Conversational Narrative in the Facilitation of Player Learning. International Sport Coaching Journal (1). pp. 180-187. ISSN 2328-9198

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Abstract

To develop our understanding about how learning theory can help to make sense of and inform the facilita- tion of player learning, this article presents a fictitious discussion, which takes place following a postgraduate sports coaching lecture on learning theories, pedagogy and practice. Following the lecture, Coach Educator (CE) joins two group members for a coffee to listen to their thoughts, experiences, and coaching practices in relation to pertinent player learning theory. Behaviourist Coach (BC) discusses his approach to coaching and how he has come to coach in this way; and his practices that conform to behaviourist learning theory. When BC has finished sharing his views and practices, CE then invites the other student to contribute to the discussion. Constructivist Coach (CC) recognises that his philosophical beliefs about the facilitation of player learning are vastly different to those of BC. As such, CC decides to share his approach to coaching, which aligns itself with constructivist learning theory. It is hoped that this dialogue will not only further theorise the facilitation of player learning, but do so in a way that helps coaching practitioners make the connection between learning theory and coaching practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: as accepted for publication
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports > GV711 Coaching
Divisions: School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
Publisher: HUMAN KINETICS PUBL INC
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2016 15:37
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2016 15:37
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2926

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