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ERIC Number: EJ1229064
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1740-8989
Blending and Becoming: Migrant Chinese High-Performance Coaches' Learning Journey in Australia
Tao, Yi-Che; Rynne, Steven B.; Mallett, Clifford J.
Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, v24 n6 p582-597 2019
Purpose: Despite the recruitment of foreign sport coaches being a relatively long-standing phenomenon, there is limited research examining the experiences of foreign coaches working in globalised high-performance sport contexts. In examining how foreign coaches learn to perform their craft, we draw upon Billett's [2006. 'Relational Interdependence Between Social and Individual Agency in Work and Working Life.' Mind, Culture, and Activity 13 (1): 53-69. doi:10.1207/s15327884mca1301_5] notion of relational interdependence, which embraces a work-based approach to understanding how migrant coaches learn. Specifically, this lens enables a broad consideration of the interdependent relationship between the foreign coach's agency and the affordances of the host workplace. Method: A single case (embedded) research design was chosen through the purposeful sampling of a sport organisation. The case focused on the learning of Chinese migrant coaches employed within an Australian high-performance coaching workplace (henceforth referred to as the National Sport Organisation; NSO) and involved data collection from three foreign coaches, four athletes, and four administrators employed by the NSO. Through a multiple data collection method (i.e. 1 year of observation, 20 interviews, 1 focus group, and related document collection), information was collected regarding the coaches' practices and learning. A theoretical thematic analysis guided the data analytic procedure with the assistance of MindNode software. Results and discussion: Several major themes were identified in relation to Chinese coaches' learning and practices in the NSO. Overall, Chinese coaches met work requirements through substantial personal learning including aspects related to language (i.e. English), the development of culturally appropriate coaching practices, and enhancement of athletes' training approach. Conclusion: The findings of this research might be generative for foreign coaches and those responsible for the recruitment, professional learning, and development of such coaches. The notion of relational interdependence was an appropriate theoretical lens for research related to the learning of foreign high-performance sport coaches.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia