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‘Think Aloud’: Towards a framework to facilitate reflective practice amongst rugby league coaches.

Whitehead, AE, Cropley, B, Huntley, T, Miles, A, Quayle, L and Knowles, ZR (2016) ‘Think Aloud’: Towards a framework to facilitate reflective practice amongst rugby league coaches. International Sport Coaching Journal, 3 (3). pp. 269-286. ISSN 2328-918X

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This study aimed to design, implement and evaluate a protocol encompassing Think Aloud (TA) as a technique to facilitate reflection-in-action and delayed reflection-on-action to aid coach learning. Six British, male rugby league coaches, who reported little previous exposure to reflective practice, consented to participate. Participants were: (a) instructed on how to engage in TA; (b) observed in practice using TA; (c) provided with individual support on delayed reflective practice on their first coaching session and use of TA; (d) observed in practice using TA a second time; and (e) engaged in a social validation interview regarding their experiences of TA. Analysis of in-action verbalizations revealed a shift from descriptive verbalizations to a deeper level of reflection. Both immediate and post eight week social validation interviews revealed that coaches developed an increased awareness, enhanced communication, and pedagogical development. The participants also recommended that TA can be a valuable tool for: (a) collecting in-event data during a coaching session; and (b) developing and evidencing reflection for coaches. Future recommendations were also provided by the participants and consequently, this study offers a unique technique to reflective practice that has the potential to meet the learning development needs of coaches.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: As accepted for publication in International Sport Coaching Journal, 2014 Human Kinetics, Inc.
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports > GV711 Coaching
Divisions: Sport Studies, Leisure & Nutrition (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Human Kinetics
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Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2016 08:05
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 12:42
DOI or ID number: 10.1123/iscj.2016-0021
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3906
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