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Learning How to Plan in High Performance Athletics

  • Author / Creator
    Brown, Jennifer A.
  • Coach learning is a key component for developing quality coaches. While researchers have identified many ways that coaches learn, there is little agreement as to how coaches learn best. As a way of examining these discrepancies found in the research, this study’s aim was to explore how Canadian high-performance athletics coaches learned how to plan their athletes’ training. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten high-performance athletics coaches. Despite the contextual focus, the results of this study illustrated that learning how to plan in high-performance athletics was highly idiosyncratic. Coaches’ learning was influenced by both individual and social factors including their dispositions about planning, their ability to learn how to plan, and their trust in their planning knowledge. To this end, there appears to be a need to understand coach learning from both individual and social perspectives, and to develop coach learning systems that are centered on individual coaches’ learning needs.

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  • Graduation date
    2014-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3ZX0V
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Physical Education and Recreation
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Denison, Jim (Physical Education and Recreation)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Bouffard, Marcel (Physical Education and Recreation)
    • Chorney, David (Department of Secondary Education)
    • Kennedy, Michael (Physical Education and Recreation)