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Eastabrook, Chris; Collins, Loel – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2020
Individualisation is a key aspect of coaching practice. This is particularly important for adventure sport coaches, given the demands of the hyper-dynamic coaching environment and the various motivations to participate in adventure sports. However, the literature on individualisation is limited. As a logical beginning, the aim of this study is to…
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Coaching (Performance), Team Sports, Athletic Coaches
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Sinfield, Dean; Allen, Justine; Collins, Loel – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2020
This paper examines the coaching behaviours of different paddlesport coaches (n = 17). A sample of coaches specialising in non-competitive paddlesport from professional, club and educational contexts are examined utilising a thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews. The three groups are shown to share common aspect such the importance of…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Coaching (Performance), Decision Making, Interpersonal Competence
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Collins, Loel; Collins, Dave – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2019
Understanding and exploiting the synergy between theory and practice lies at the heart of effective education for outdoor professionals. Accordingly, and in an attempt to stimulate debate, this paper conceptualizes the interaction between theory and practice in the context of the education of outdoor professionals. We identify issues specific to…
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Outdoor Education, Educational Philosophy, Professional Education
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Collins, Loel; Collins, Dave – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2017
This article continues a theme of previous investigations by the authors and examines the focus of in-action reflection as a component of professional judgement and decision-making (PJDM) processes in high-level adventure sports coaching. We utilised a thematic analysis approach to investigate the decision-making practices of a sample of…
Descriptors: Athletic Coaches, Evaluative Thinking, Decision Making, Qualitative Research
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Collins, Loel; Collins, Dave; Grecic, David – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2015
This paper considers the personal epistemology of adventure sports coaches, the existence of the epistemological chain and its impact on professional judgment and decision-making. The epistemological chain's role and operationalization in other fields is considered, offering clues to how it may manifest itself in the adventure sports coach…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Adventure Education, Athletic Coaches, Decision Making
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Collins, Loel; Collins, Dave – Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 2012
As a comparatively recent development, the adventure-sports coach struggles for a clear and distinct identity. The generic term "instructor" no longer characterizes the role and function of this subgroup of outdoor professionals. Indeed, although the fields of adventure/outdoor education and leadership are comparatively well researched,…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Comparative Analysis, Adventure Education, Leadership