The Agony and the Ecstasy: Student-Coaches’ Perceptions of a Heutagogical Approach to Coach Development

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Heutagogy is the focus on self-determined learning by the learner. In a recent Insights paper, Stoszkowski and Collins offered a critical overview of heutagogy, highlighting the potential advantages for coaching and coach education, as well as some concerns with its use. The aim of the present study was to offer insight into student-coaches’ experiences on a sports coaching bachelor degree module that was underpinned by a heutagogical approach to learning. Twenty-six student-coaches (6 females and 20 males) took part in semi-structured group interviews, 19 of whom had completed an end of module survey. Data were analyzed inductively and findings revealed that performance on, and perceptions of, the module showed the approach was differentially effective, with three higher order themes representing the student-coaches’ articulation of their experiences: (a) attitudinal disposition, (b) knowledge and experience, and (c) skill set. Although the findings of present study suggest heutagogy is a potentially useful method in coach education, we also highlight some potentially essential caveats to the use of the method.

John Stoszkowski is with the School of Sport and Wellbeing at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. Dave Collins is with the Institute of Coaching and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire, UK.

Address author correspondence to John Stoszkowski at JRStoszkowski@uclan.ac.uk.
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