Through coaching: examining a socio-ecological approach to sports coaching

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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to critically examine contemporary sports coaching, and to consider how social ecology might provide a valuable framework for critiquing current expectations placed on coaches, and how a socio-ecological approach may improve coaching practice. There are significant and diverse demands now being placed on the 'grassroots' community coach that are under-researched and under-theorised within the academic community and rarely considered by coach educators and policy makers. This chapter firstly uses a socio-ecological framework to deconstruct some of the assumptions which underpin 'sport for social good' projects. Secondly, a socio-ecological approach is presented as a possible alternative way to underpin sports coaching that is seeking to lead to certain wider social outcomes. The chapter concludes by suggesting that the holistic vision encouraged by a socio-ecological framework can offer a great deal for conceptualising of effective sports coaching.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Socioecological Educator: A 21st Century Renewal of Physical, Health,Environment and Outdoor Education
EditorsBrian Wattchow, Ruth Jeanes, Laura Alfrey, Trent Brown, Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, Justen O'Connor
Place of PublicationThe Netherlands
PublisherSpringer
Pages89-107
Number of pages19
Volume9789400771673
ISBN (Electronic)9789400771673
ISBN (Print)9400771665, 9789400771666
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2014

Keywords

  • Community coaching
  • Social justice
  • Socio-ecological coaching

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Jeanes, R., Magee, J., & O'Connor, J. (2014). Through coaching: examining a socio-ecological approach to sports coaching. In B. Wattchow, R. Jeanes, L. Alfrey, T. Brown, A. Cutter-Mackenzie, & J. O'Connor (Eds.), The Socioecological Educator: A 21st Century Renewal of Physical, Health,Environment and Outdoor Education (Vol. 9789400771673, pp. 89-107). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7167-3_5