ERIC Number: EJ941566
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 83
Coach Education and Continuing Professional Development: Experience and Learning to Coach
Cushion, Christopher J.; Armour, Kathy M.; Jones, Robyn L.
Quest, v55 n3 p215-230 Aug 2003
Research over the last decade has demonstrated that it is experience and the observation of other coaches that remain the primary sources of knowledge for coaches. Despite this, coach education and continuing professional development fail to draw effectively on this experience. Using the work of Pierre Bourdieu, this paper attempts to understand how the "art of coaching" can be characterized as structured improvisation and how experience is crucial to structuring coaching practice. An examination of current coach education and assessment demonstrates that coaching practice viewed as a composite of knowledge has not specifically addressed the pervasive influence of experience on coaching practice. Drawing on experiences from the educational field, we examine how coach education and continuing professional development can utilize mentoring and critical reflection to situate learning in the practical experience of coaching.
Descriptors: Professional Development, Athletic Coaches, National Standards, Professional Continuing Education, Experience, Job Skills, Skill Development, Evaluation Methods, Mentors, Reflection, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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