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"It is like a little journey”: Deaf international futsal players’ and coaches' experiences in collaborative blended learning

De Martin Silva, L. and Francis, John ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7457-5665 (2020) "It is like a little journey”: Deaf international futsal players’ and coaches' experiences in collaborative blended learning. International Sport Coaching Journal. ISSN Print 2328-918X Online 2328-9198 (In Press)

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Abstract

The aim of this study was twofold, firstly, to explore the challenges and successes faced by deaf international futsal players when using a collaborative blended learning (CBL) approach in preparation for a major competition, and, secondly, to provide a discussion of key coaching lessons learned to inspire coaches to consider how to best develop their ‘little journeys’. Data were collected from 12 players via six semi-structured focus groups, along with 36 reflective diaries maintained by the two researchers (who held the role of ‘Joint Head Coach’ and ‘Performance Analyst’), using a critical participatory action research (CPAR) methodological approach. Data collection and analysis were an on-going and cyclical process during the seven-month study. Four key themes were identified: ‘a little journey: a connected approach to learning’, ‘ownership, collaboration and connection’, ‘communication barriers and fear of misinterpretation’ and ‘players’ initial ‘buy-in’ to the constructivist approach to learning’. Key coaching lessons highlighted the need for a flexible and ‘connected’ approach to learning. Here, through our learning in-action and on-action, we often found ourselves as ‘social’ managers in trying to explore inter-relational complexities and support individuals to build trust, an aspect seen by players as crucial for actively developing CBL within the group

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: collaborative learning, blended learning, Vygotsky, sports coaching, performance analysis, action research, constructivism
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: John Francis
Date Deposited: 26 May 2020 10:56
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2020 10:18
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/9457

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