Cultivating a Community of Practice to Enable Coach Development in Alpine Ski Coaches

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Garner, Paul ; Hill, Denise M (2017)
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Journals
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1123/iscj.2016-0076
  • Subject: intrapersonal knowledge | Sports and Exercise Sciences | /dk/atira/pure/core/subjects/sportsci | emotional intelligence | coach education | GV191.2_Outdoor_life. | interpersonal knowledge

Given the enduring focus of coach education on the development of professional knowledge (e.g., technique, strategy, and tactics), the current study aimed to explore how a Community of Practice (CoP) impacted coach development of interpersonal and intrapersonal knowledge. Côté and Gilbert’s (2009) definition of coaching expertise was used as a model to observe learning in a community of practice (CoP; Wenger, McDermott & Snyder, 2002). A total of eight internationally qualified ski coaches (aged 27–44 years) took part in weekly meetings over a period of six weeks, with the lead researcher cultivating a CoP and ensuring coaching issues were the focus of discussion. Meetings were audio-recorded and the data transcribed and analysed thematically. Results revealed that coaches developed both interpersonal and intrapersonal knowledge through enhanced emotional intelligence, gaining an athlete-centred approach, storytelling, group reflection and changing role frames. The findings are positioned within the extant literature, with implication for coach education practice identified.
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