Experiential Learning of University Students Delivering a Coaching Workshop in Belize

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  • 1 Northern Illinois University
  • 2 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Prior research has demonstrated the importance of engaging college students in a global curriculum that prepares them for the everchanging landscape of the sports industry. International learning experiences are one way to facilitate this type of professional preparation and often include the added benefit of having a deep personal impact. The purpose of this study was to understand university students’ experiences leading sessions for Belizean coaches as part of an international teaching experience. Participants were four university students pursuing interdisciplinary sport majors. Data sources included recorded interviews and daily group debrief sessions, reflective journals, social media-based photo journals, and observational fieldnotes. Qualitative data analysis resulted in the construction of three themes that described the participants’ experiences and learning outcomes: (a) personal and professional growth, (b) developing and maintaining relationships, and (c) engaging with culture. Results suggest that an international program designed to foster experiential, global learning was enhanced by the opportunity to teach in a new context, foster relationships with local stakeholders, and participate in pre- and posttrip training.

Jacobs, Kuipers, and Wright are with the Dept. of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA. Richards is with the Dept. of Kinesiology & Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA.

Jacobs (jmjacobs@niu.edu) is corresponding author.
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