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ERIC Number: EJ1022810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1357-3322
Improving "At-Action" Decision-Making in Team Sports through a Holistic Coaching Approach
Light, Richard L.; Harvey, Stephen; Mouchet, Alain
Sport, Education and Society, v19 n3 p258-275 2014
This article draws on Game Sense pedagogy and complex learning theory (CLT) to make suggestions for improving decision-making ability in team sports by adopting a holistic approach to coaching with a focus on decision-making "at-action". It emphasizes the complexity of decision-making and the need to focus on the game as a whole entity, where players, individually and collectively, attempt to manage disorder in the face of an opposition. It rejects the complicated, mechanistic approach to learning and cognitivist views that dominate the literature on decision-making in team sports that see it as being a linear process of conscious thinking limited to the individual mind. It offers an alternative, holistic view grounded in a practical example of how this might be achieved in coaching rugby union football and theorized within a CLT framework.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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