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2nd Edition

Positive Pedagogy for Sport Coaching

ISBN 9780367218218
Published May 21, 2019 by Routledge
192 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Positive Pedagogy is an athlete-centred, inquiry-based approach that transforms the way we understand learning and coaching in sport. This book demonstrates how Positive Pedagogy for sport coaching (PPed) can be successfully employed across a range of sports and levels of performance, while also providing insight into coaches’ experiences.

Now in a fully revised and updated second edition, the book introduces the key concepts that underpin Positive Pedagogy and offers detailed case studies of Positive Pedagogy in action, with reflections from practising coaches. It also provides more detail and direction for coaches interested in implementing the approach. This new edition moves beyond coaching in individual sports to explain how Positive Pedagogy can be applied to all sport coaching across a wide range of sports, including basketball, baseball, football, rugby, boxing, swimming, track and field athletics, as well as strength and conditioning. 

Positive Pedagogy for sport coaching both improves performance and promotes positive learning experiences across all ages and abilities. This book is invaluable reading for all sports coaching students as well as any practising coaches or physical education teachers looking to improve or even transform their professional practice.

Table of Contents


PART I: Pedagogical Features and Issues

1 Outline of Positive Pedagogy

2 Design and Management of Learning Experiences

3 Questioning for Learning

4 Taking an Inquiry-based Approach

5 How to Make Learning Positive

6 Planning for Positive Pedagogy

7 Flow

8 Accounting for Coaching Context

PART II: Reflections on Coaching Team Sports

9 Touch Rugby in Taiwan

Richard Light

10 Coaching Youth Volleyball

Laura Costa dos Santos

11 High School Girls’ Basketball

Ricardo Pimenta

12 Teaching Frisbee to Pre-service HPE Teachers

Christina Curry

13 Youth American Football

Tanner Sneed

14 Coaching Elite Level Field Hockey

Phil Edwards

Part II Summary

PART III: Reflections on Coaching Individual Sports

15 Coaching Boxing Technique

Richard Light

16 Making Strength and Conditioning Fun

Charles Schultz

17 Teaching Javelin to Undergraduates

Mohammad Shah Razak

18 Relay Baton Changeover

Richard Light

19 Coaching Breaststroke in Japan

Richard Light

Part III Summary

Concluding Thoughts


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Richard Light is Professor of Sport Pedagogy in the College of Education, Health and Human Development at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is a prominent figure in research on, and the development of, athlete-centred coaching. Richard’s experience as a coach was in school sport as a primary and secondary school teacher and at high-performance levels in rugby and martial arts, where he coached national champions in karate and kickboxing.

Stephen Harvey is Associate Professor of Coaching Education in the Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy at Ohio University, USA, and a prominent figure in research on games-based coaching (GBA). He is an international field hockey coach and works with USA Field Hockey. He also coaches at a local soccer club and has led coach development sessions for numerous organizations, including the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in its National Team Coach Leadership and Development Program.