1st Edition

The Sports Coach as Educator Re-conceptualising Sports Coaching

Edited By Robyn L. Jones Copyright 2006
    208 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    204 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Teaching athletes to improve their performance is the essence of sports coaching. In response to new government-led initiatives to invest in and develop coaching, this book is the first introduction to pedagogical theory for coaching. Bringing helpful insights from educational theory to bear on coaching practice, The Sports Coach as Educator expands and enriches the role of the coach and allows professionals to approach their work in new and inventive ways. Exploring the nature of coaching, this text covers:

    • educational concepts in coaching
    • coaching, teaching and leadership
    • athletes’ learning
    • coaching communities and the social process
    • reflective practice
    • mentoring
    • developing expert coaches.

    Section 1: Introduction: Coaching as an Educational Enterprise  1. How Can Educational Concepts Inform Sports Coaching? 2. Coaching as an Educational Relationship 3. Coaching as Teaching: New Acknowledgements in Practice Section 2: Reconceptualising the Role of the Coach  4. The Coach as a 'More Capable Other'   5. The Coach as Orchestrator  6. First among Equals: Shared Leadership in the Coaching Context 7. Athlete Learning Within a Community of  Practice: Is There a Role for the Coach? Section 3: Reconceptualising Coach Education  8. Cultivating Coaches' Communities of Practice  9. The Coach as a Reflective Practitioner 10. Mentoring: Harnessing the Power of Experience  11. Developing Expert Coaching


    Robyn L. Jones is a Professor in the School of  Sport, Physical education and Recreation at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.

    'Highly recommended, ¦The Sport Coach as Educator is testimony to Robyn Jones outstanding leadership of an international community of researchers and scholars, from largely educational backgrounds, in producing a critical tradition which will help to bridge the gap between sports science and coaching.' - IJSSC

    'It is an interesting and thought provoking book which will cause many advanced coaches to re-examine and reflect on their role and relationship with their athletes.' Geoffrey K Platt, Kingston University, UK