A Sport Federation’s Attempt to Restructure a Coach Education Program Using Constructivist Principles

in International Sport Coaching Journal
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  • 1 University of Ottawa
  • | 2 University of Winnipeg
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Building on Hussain et al.’s (2012) analysis of Triathlon Canada’s constructivist-informed coach education program from the perspective of the program designer, this case study explored the structure and initial implementation of the program, as well as coaches’ perspectives of their journey to certification. Through a series of document analyses and interviews with the inaugural group of coach participants (N = 4), strategies for the application of constructivist principles are presented and discussed in relation to the coaches’ perspectives and coach development literature. More specifically, through its innovative use of learning activities and formative evaluation and assessment strategies, the program is shown to place considerable emphasis on coaches’ biographies, refection, and representation of learning. Finally, recommendations for coach educators are presented.

Paquette, Trudel, and Camiré are with the School of Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Hussain is with the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Health, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Address author correspondence to Kyle Paquette at kpaqu098@uottawa.ca.

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