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Teaching Games for Understanding and Athlete-Centred Coaching

Pill, Shane and Gambles, Ellen-Alyssa (2023) Teaching Games for Understanding and Athlete-Centred Coaching. In: Teaching Games and Sport for Understanding. Routledge, New York, USA, pp. 134-142. ISBN 9781032287294

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The pedagogies chosen by sport teachers and coaches are a powerful way to influence athletes’ development and sense of themselves. Athlete-centred coaching has emerged as a humanistic approach developed to engender empowerment and agency within the player/athlete and enhance their performance by adopting a holistic approach to the athlete. The purpose of this chapter is threefold. Firstly, to explore game-based approach research and practice related to coaching and player development (e.g., game sense). Second, to examine and reflect on athlete-centred coaching as an approach that promotes an educative and holistic process for players’ sporting experiences. We will outline the sporting experience (i.e., sport as a form of play, the athletes and coach). Finally, to discuss the possibilities and challenges of implementing an athlete-centred approach to coaching and player development.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Physical Education, Coaching Theory, Sports Pedagogy, Secondary Physical Education, Sport Education, Qualitative methods in sport, Curriculum Studies, Education, Sports Coaching, Sports and Leisure, Physical Education, Research Methods
Depositing User: Ellen Gambles


Item ID: 16937
ISBN: 9781032287294
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ORCID for Shane Pill: ORCID iD
ORCID for Ellen-Alyssa Gambles: ORCID iD

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Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2023 09:12
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2023 09:12