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Reflecting on Coaching as a Vocation


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A presentation prepared for Week 14 of the Sport Coaching Pedagogy unit at the University of Canberra, 10 May 2013

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Reflecting on Coaching as a Vocation

  1. 1. Reflecting on Coachingas aVocation(The End of the Beginning)#SpCP13 Week 14
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  3. 3. Living Off, Living ForMax Weber, Science as aVocation, 1946
  4. 4. 1. Plan and deliver sport and physical activityinitiatives in the community.2. Review, evaluate and communicate evidence-based resources relevant to sport coaching pedagogyand teaching.3. Assess their sport coaching and teachingperformance through a reflective framework.4. Use an e-portfolio to share their work withothers.
  5. 5. Prebendary, HonorificallyMax Weber, Science as aVocation, 1946
  6. 6. Science today is a vocation organised in specialdisciplines in the service of self-clarification andknowledge of interrelated facts.Max Weber, Science as aVocation, 1946
  7. 7. An occupational culture:Similar personal characteristics, backgrounds and experiencesSocial interaction, shared experience, common training andaffiliationMutual support, associated values and normsA distinct jargonShapes perceptions of reality by developing classification systemsto describe experiences and conceptsJohnson, Koh and Killough, 2009
  8. 8. Observing the behaviour of more experienced coaches duringpractice and games and listening during informal periodsleaves its mark on novice coaches.It is largely through such experiences that collectiveunderstandings begin to develop, and the shared meaningsabout the occupational culture of coaching starts to take shape.... much of what a new coach learns is through ongoinginteractions in the practical coaching context, as well as avariety of informal sources.Cushion, Armour and Jones, 2003
  9. 9. About CoachingWoodman, L. (1993). Coaching:A Science, an art, an emerging profession.Sport Science Review, 2(2), 1-13.Wiman, L., Salmoni, A. & Hall, C. (2010).An Examination of the Definitionand Development of Expert Coaching.International Journal of Coaching Science, 4(2), 37-60.
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  13. 13. I have always looked at reflective practice as acompass of sorts to guide teachers when they maybe seeking direction as to what they are doing in theirclassrooms.The metaphor of reflection as a compass enablesteachers to stop, look, and discover where theyare at that moment and then decide where they wantto go (professionally) in the future.Farrell (2012)
  14. 14. Teacherhood must be based on a profound understandingabout the influence of childhood events on teacher students’present identity—and on their future identity as teachers aswell.Heikkilä, Uusiautti & Määttä (2012)
  15. 15. PedagogyPerformanceReflection
  16. 16. Personal PerformanceReview
  17. 17. 1. Communicate2. Analyse and inquire.3. Solve problems.4. Work independently and with others.5. Professional and socially responsible.
  18. 18. Photo CreditsWeek 1: The Young Australia League marching across Sydney Harbour Bridge, February 1931Week 2: Personal Development PlansWeek 3: Planning ProgramsWeek 4: Observation and Augmented Information (Keith Lyons, CC BY 3.0)Week 5: Sharing and Presenting Information 1Week 6: Mentoring 1Week 7: Using Digital Media: Produsing ResourcesWeek 8: Class Free Week (Keith Lyons, CC BY 3.0)Week 9: The Expert PedagogueWeek 10: Sharing Information 2Week 11: Managing InformationWeek 12: Mentoring 2Week 13: Long Term Athlete DevelopmentWeek 14: Reflecting on Coaching as a VocationWaving goodbye