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Vygotsky and Sports Coaching: Non-linear Practice in Youth and Adult Settings

Vinson, Don ORCID: and Parker, A. (2019) Vygotsky and Sports Coaching: Non-linear Practice in Youth and Adult Settings. Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education, 10 (1). pp. 91-106. ISSN Print: 2574-2981 Online: 2574-299X

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Over the past 20 years, a significant amount of research has located sports coaching principally as an educational endeavour. In particular, non-linear educative approaches have attracted much attention yet few studies have explored in any real depth the theoretical underpinnings of such practices. Where conceptual analyses have been conducted, the work of Vygotsky has emerged as a useful framework. The aim of the present study was to investigate the extent to which Vygotskian principles of learning and development might be evident within non-linear sports coaching practices and to examine whether embracing these principles might enhance coaching practice both in youth and adult settings. Drawing on qualitative empirical data, this paper explores how six coaches perceived their everyday practice as non-linear. Resultant findings uncover the nuances of both coach and athlete experience in line with three of Vygotsky’s key theoretical assertions, namely: Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), scaffolding and mediation. The paper concludes by suggesting that the application of theoretical ideas has the potential to inform and enhance non-linear pedagogical approaches, yet coaches must remain cognisant of the bespoke nature of the coaching context.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: sport pedagogy, non-linear, learning, qualitative research, Vygotsky
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Don Vinson
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2019 17:38
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:26

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