Using shared online blogs to structure and support informal coach learning. Part 2: the participants' view and implications for coach education

John Stoszkowski, Dave Collins, Cliff Olsson

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Abstract

In part one of this paper, Stoszkowski and Collins showed that shared online blogs were a useful tool to structure and support the informal learning of a cohort of final year undergraduate sports coaching students. The aim of the present study was to offer insight into student coaches' perceptions of their use and experiences of structured group blogging for reflection and learning. Twenty-three student coaches (5 females, 18 males), purposely sampled from the original study, took part in four semi-structured focus group interviews. Interview data were inductively analysed. Student coaches were generally very positive about their learning experiences and the pedagogical approach employed. This was especially apparent in terms of perceived increases in levels of reflection, knowledge acquisition and improvements in coaching practice; changes corroborated by the data presented in part one. A range of reasons emerged for these outcomes, alongside several potential limiters of engagement in shared group blogging as a learning endeavour. Whilst these findings support recent, and growing proposals to systematically incorporate Web 2.0 technologies such as blogs into coach education pedagogy, several key considerations for the process of using such tools are outlined. Finally, the implications for coach educators are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-425
Number of pages19
JournalSport, Education and Society
Volume22
Issue number3
Early online date7 Apr 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2017

Keywords

  • Coach development
  • Coach education
  • Coach learning
  • Communities of practice
  • Online
  • Reflective practice

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