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ERIC Number: EJ1096489
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Understanding Sources of Knowledge for Coaches of Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities
MacDonald, Dany J.; Beck, Katie; Erickson, Karl; Côté, Jean
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v29 n3 p242-249 May 2016
Background: Recent research has investigated development of coaching knowledge; however, less research has investigated the development of coaches who coach athletes with intellectual disabilities. The purpose of this study was to understand how coaches of athletes with intellectual disabilities gain their knowledge. Method: Forty-five Special Olympics Canada coaches participated in structured telephone interviews investigating actual and ideal sources of coaching knowledge. Coaching knowledge was categorized across the dimensions of competition, organization and training. Results: Coaches primarily learned by doing and by consulting with coaching peers. Information about ideal sources of coaching knowledge demonstrates that coaches would value structured coaching courses, learning from mentors and from administrative support, in addition to learning on their own and from peers. Discussion: Results suggest that a broader approach to education should be incorporated into coaching athletes with intellectual disabilities. Recommendations for achieving such goals are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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