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ERIC Number: EJ1098191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Experiential Learning and Its Role in Training and Improved Practice in High Level Sports Officiating
Grover, Kenda S.
Journal of Research in Education, v24 n2 p90-102 Fall-Win 2014
This qualitative study investigated how high level sports officials engage in experiential learning to improve their practice. Adult learning occurs in formal, nonformal and informal environments, and in some cases it is difficult to differentiate between these settings. In the case of cycling officials, learning begins in a nonformal environment during training sessions, but it is during the race event itself, in an informal environment, that learning is solidified and occurs in real time. Nine officials, whose training and education must be applied in a dynamic, intense environment, participated in a focus group interview where they explored how their experiences surrounding the race impact learning. Findings reveal how this adult learning theory is manifested through reflective practice, and how interaction with others plays a role in the learning process.
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Athletics, Adult Learning, Qualitative Research, Focus Groups, Nonformal Education, Informal Education, Learning Theories, Experience, Reflection, Interaction, On the Job Training, Learning Processes, Semi Structured Interviews
Eastern Educational Research Association. George Watson, Marshall University, One John Marshall Drive, College of Education and Professional Development, Huntington, WV 25755. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.eeraorganization.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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