Examining the impact of coaching for independence in adventure sports

Loel Collins, Christopher Eastabrook, Robin Taylor, Pamela Richards

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Abstract / Description of output

This study of adventure sports learners expands on earlier work on adventure sports coaching. We examine learners’ perceptions of their coaching and its effect on their self-efficacy and independence as adven- ture sports performers. We utilise a convergent mixed approach that deploys the Outdoor Recreation Self-Efficacy Scale, pre- and post- coaching, and a reflexive thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews. The findings indicate improved self-efficacy and greater independence as a result of the coach’s practice, supporting our initial conjecture that the adventure sports coaches in this study developed independence as a definable outcome of their coaching practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
JournalJournal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning
Early online date27 Dec 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Dec 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • adventure sports coaching
  • coaching confidence
  • developing independence
  • heutagogy
  • learner perspectives


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