ERIC Number: EJ1096908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
The Adventure Sports Coach: All Show and No Substance?
Gray, Paul; Collins, Dave
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v16 n2 p160-171 2016
The primary objective of this research was to establish the range of interpersonal strategies, tools and techniques used by adventure sports coaches (ASCs) to influence participants' actions and behaviours, and to determine where these strategies were acquired. An interpretative approach was employed using semi-structured interviews with a convenience sample of expert paddlesport coaches (n = 4). Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to get close to the data and identify salient topics. Five themes were subsequently identified as fundamental to effective coach-participant interaction: appropriate environment, stories told, knowing the participant, formal training and situational context. The implications are that whilst ASCs have well-developed intuitive social engagement skills, these are not consciously or declaratively employed in coaching sessions, and neither are they used at strategic levels to enhance participant development. Therefore, a multi-layer approach is recommended to help ASCs access and employ these skills that has consequences for the education, training and continued professional development of ASCs.
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Athletic Coaches, Interpersonal Competence, Communication Strategies, Semi Structured Interviews, Aquatic Sports, Phenomenology, Teacher Student Relationship, Social Environment, Story Telling, Participant Characteristics, Training Methods, Context Effect, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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