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ERIC Number: EJ913626
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Communities of Coaches: The Missing Link
Barnson, Steven C.
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v81 n7 p25-29, 37 Sep 2010
Interscholastic coaches have unique needs relative to how they learn their practice and progress toward higher levels of professional comfort and competence. The purpose of this article is to review the professional development needs of interscholastic coaches and suggest the use of social-learning techniques, specifically communities of practice, as an appropriate educational tool for addressing some of the distinctive learning issues related to interscholastic coaching. Despite the progress seen in coaching science and in what interscholastic coaches are taught, an important element in the educational processes of interscholastic coaches seems to remain elusive--namely, community. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A