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ERIC Number: ED546940
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 174
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2675-0496-8
Defining the Constructs of Expert Coaching: A Q-Methodological Study of Olympic Sport Coaches
DeWeese, Brad Heath
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, North Carolina State University
The purpose of this study was to enhance the development of coaches for participation at International level competition through the improvement of coaching education programming. Although many studies have alluded to the benefit of various coaching education tactics, no study to date had set out to determine the constructs that define an expert coach. This study utilized Q Methodology in order to unearth the beliefs regarding expert coaching from individuals with experience at the most elite level of competition, namely the Olympic games. Fifteen current National Team coaches and athletes with previous experience at the Olympic games sorted 34 statements describing expert coaching on a spectrum of "most like an expert coach" (+4) to "least like an expert coach" (-4). These 15 sorts were subsequently analyzed and rotated. As a result of this process, 5 factors representing unique beliefs and perspectives regarding expert coaching were found. In addition to the sorts, post-sort questionnaires provided additional qualitative data that assisted in the understanding of these 5 factors. The factors were categorized as: (a) the Knowledgeable Coach, (b) the Evolving Coach, (c) the Communicating Coach, (d) the Trustworthy Coach, and (e) the Teaching Coach. The results of this study demonstrate that expert coaching is multi-faceted by nature and is unique to various sporting situations. The findings from this study affirm that expert coaching at the Olympic level is a not only a demonstration of a coach's technical knowledge in the sport, but their ability to transmit this information to the athletes under their direction through effective communication. In other words, coaches are valued for their ability to teach. Additionally, the individual respondents offered the opinion that expert coaches are trustworthy, which bolsters the coach-athlete relationship. Lastly, a large majority of the participants suggested that expert coaching is not a title that is earned through their involvement within a National Governing Body or National team; however, expertise is gained through the coach's involvement in the sport and resultant growth and development. The knowledge gained through experience in the field and the effective transfer of information to the athletes is what culminates into expert coaching. The insight gained through this research study can assist in the further development and revision of current coaching education programs within the United States. Understanding the beliefs and attitudes regarding expert coaching of current coaches and athletes with previous Olympic experience can provide a unique perspective of what qualities should be deemed integral in the development of younger coaches. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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