Informal learning in formal NCCP coach education

Brook, Katharine (2016) Informal learning in formal NCCP coach education. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Coaches, just like all professionals, need to continually learn, grow and reflect on their current practices. Coaches influence many athletes when they work with them both in and outside the sporting environment, therefore, understanding how a coach learns and their preferred learning style is fundamental for the development of coach education programs. This information is also vitally important for organizations to effectively provide coaches with meaningful learning opportunities. The purpose of this study is to determine the extent to which informal learning is occurring within the formal Canadian National Coach Education Program (NCCP) and to identify possible synergies or conflicts in combined learning formats. The results of the study therefore could lead to more effective teaching models for the coaches and facilitators of coach education. Data was gathered through the use of observation logs, semi –structured interviews, and field notes. It was determined that the length of coach education workshops and the ability for the learner to take responsibility for their own learning were key elements to determining the preferred learning method for the coach. Informal learning opportunities within formal learning structures were preferred for the mature learner who had a growth mindset. It was also preferred during longer workshops compared to shorter workshops where participants were forced to attend. Overall if a workshop runs longer than half a day, and the level of experience and maturity of the learners is high, facilitators and instructional designers should try to incorporate informal time into the workshops. This may help the learner assimilate the knowledge and could allow the learner to take more ownership of what they want to learn. These informal opportunities may include longer coffee breaks, planned meals or even unstructured time within the workshop.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 12506
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 81-87).
Keywords: Coach Education, Instructional Design, NCCP, Learning, Informal Learning, Formal Learning
Department(s): Human Kinetics and Recreation, School of > Physical Education
Date: October 2016
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Coaching (Athletics) -- Study and teaching; Coaches (Athletics) -- Education

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