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Developing the Triad of Knowledge in Coaching: Think Aloud as a Reflective Tool within a Category 1 Football Academy

Swettenham, L and Whitehead, AE Developing the Triad of Knowledge in Coaching: Think Aloud as a Reflective Tool within a Category 1 Football Academy. International Sport Coaching Journal. ISSN 2328-918X (Accepted)

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Abstract

The current study aimed to explore the perceptions of football academy coaches on their use of a novel reflective tool (Think Aloud) and to understand if this can support the development of knowledge within coaches. Eight male coaches (M age = 36) employed full time at a Category 1 football academy within the United Kingdom took part. All coaches attended a 2-hour workshop on the use of Think Aloud (TA) as a reflective tool, with the opportunity to practice TA whilst coaching. Participants were interviewed on their perceptions of TA as a reflective tool using a semi-structured approach. Data were analysed abductively, which allowed the generation of initial codes and the involvement of the triad of knowledge (professional, interpersonal, and intrapersonal knowledge), which has been adopted within coaching and identified as an approach to developing coaching expertise (Côté & Gilbert, 2009), within the analysis process. Findings suggest all three types of knowledge can be developed through the use of TA, with sub-themes identified within each type of knowledge: professional knowledge (player and coach development, session design); interpersonal knowledge (communication, relationships); intrapersonal knowledge (biases, self-awareness, reflection). This research offers a novel perspective on coach development through the implementation of TA, with potential to support the development of coaching knowledge and expertise.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from International Sport Coaching Journal, 2021 (ahead of print). © Human Kinetics, Inc.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences, 1303 Specialist Studies in Education, 1701 Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
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: Human Kinetics
Date Deposited: 18 May 2021 11:15
Last Modified: 18 May 2021 11:15
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15014

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