Objectives: We examined the use of scenario-based learning in UK trainee sport psychologists’ training experiences during their 2-year training qualification. Design: Qualitative, assorted analysis. Methods: Secondary data analysis was applied to a longitudinal data set examining trainee sport psychologists’ development. Evidence of scenario-based learning (e.g., being able to recognise relevant cues during observation) was examined in trainees’ experiences. Participants were 7 UK trainee sport psychologists (female, n = 1; and male, n = 6), enrolled on the BPS Qualification in Sport & Exercise Psychology. Participants were interviewed 3 times over the initial 2 year training period with follow-up interviews conducted post-training. A deductive thematic analysis was applied to the dataset based on the existing expertise literature. Results: Participants emphasised the role of scenario-based learning in developing their professional judgement and decision-making (PJDM) skills. For example, listening to scenarios in the form of stories from other practitioners acted as a prompt for participants to explore practitioner’s decision-making. Participants adapted information gleaned from examining other’s decision-making into their repertoire for applied practice. Although, scenario-based learning was identified as a helpful experience, participants reported that it could also be unhelpful. For example, when the critical cues or decision-making pertaining to a scenario were not clear. Conclusion: Findings suggest that training opportunities exist to accelerate the development of trainee’s PJDM skills by maximising scenario-based learning. For example, developing a cognitive apprenticeship approach between supervisor and trainee may provide an opportunity to expose trainees to expert decision-making knowledge (i.e., when supervisor’s make their thinking visible).
|Publication status||Published - 11 Dec 2017|
|Event||BPS Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Conference - Glasgow|
Duration: 11 Dec 2017 → 12 Dec 2017
|Conference||BPS Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Conference|
|Period||11/12/17 → 12/12/17|