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Learning from the past; a Freirean analysis of FA coach education since 1967

Chapman, R, Richardson, DJ, Cope, E and Cronin, CJ (2019) Learning from the past; a Freirean analysis of FA coach education since 1967. Sport, Education and Society. ISSN 1357-3322

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Formal coach education has been described as an activity which promotes conformity from course attendees. To date, however, few studies have looked at how coach education has been socially constructed over time. The present study addresses this gap and provides a Freirean account of English Football Association (FA) coach education since 1967. Specifically, this study focuses on coach education in the participation domain (grassroots football) where many participants first experience football. Data were collected through an analysis of forty-seven documents including coaching materials and FA policies. In addition, an oral history of sixteen participants whom had all experienced FA coach education were conducted. This paper presents five findings which explain the development of pedagogy over time. The findings illustrate a move away from oppressive, dogmatic pedagogical methods towards a more liberating form of coach education policy. For example, FA formal coach education policy now embraces in-situ methods to situate learning in the lives of coaches. The paper supports the trajectory towards liberation by advocating for more humility and critical-consciousness between tutors and coaches, thus rejecting the concept of banking education. In doing so the paper makes three novel contributions by; (1) describing the development of FA coach education over time; (2) introducing a Freirean theoretical perspective to coach education research; and (3) prompting course tutors to consider how they can enhance their practice to be more liberating. These lessons may benefit educators both in football and other contexts.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sport, Education and Society on 08/08/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13573322.2019.1654989
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy, 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports > GV711 Coaching
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2019 12:09
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 08:58
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/13573322.2019.1654989
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11222
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