“Opinion and fact, perspective and truth”: Seeking truthfulness and integrity in coaching and coach education

John Stoszkowski, Aron Hodgkinson, Áine MacNamara

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Abstract

Recent developments have seen a growth in coaching, with an associated boom in interest on how it may be optimised. Clearly, we applaud this evolution. This growth has been paralleled by an explosion in the availability of information, driven through internet access and the phenomenon of social media. Unfortunately, however, this juxtaposition of interest and availability has not been matched by the application or exercise of effective quality control!
While much of what is available is well intentioned, a tendency for poor quality and possibly less positively targeted “BS” has also arisen. In this insights paper, we consider some of the reasons why and argue that an emphasis on the development of critical and analytical thinking, as well as a scepticism towards the sources of information, would be a positive step against coach susceptibility to BS. In doing so, and to encourage more critical consumption of the “knowledge” available, we present a checklist to help coaches assess the veracity of claims and sift through the noise of the coaching landscape.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Sport Coaching Journal
Early online date6 Nov 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • coach development
  • coach learning
  • critical thinking
  • bullshit

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