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Education or regulation : managing behaviour change in the AFL

Hickey, Christopher and Kelly, Peter 2007, Education or regulation : managing behaviour change in the AFL, in AARE 2007 : Proceedings of the 2007 International Educational Research Conference, Association for Active Educational Researchers, [Australia], pp. 1-16.

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Title Education or regulation : managing behaviour change in the AFL
Author(s) Hickey, Christopher
Kelly, Peter
Conference name Australian Association for Research in Education. Conference (2007 : Fremantle, W.A.)
Conference location Fremantle, Western Australia
Conference dates 25 – 29 November, 2007
Title of proceedings AARE 2007 : Proceedings of the 2007 International Educational Research Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2007
Conference series Australian Association for Research in Education Conference
Start page 1
End page 16
Publisher Association for Active Educational Researchers
Place of publication [Australia]
Keyword(s) Vocational Education And Training
Summary Amid the increasing commodification of sports, the off-field practices of elite performers are the source of considerable public scrutiny. Barely a week goes by when we do not hear about elite male sports stars behaving badly. Of course, when elite sportsman behave badly they not only tarnish their own reputations, they bring disrepute to their club and sport. To this end, there is a growing industry awareness of the need to manage and develop professional sporting identities via a variety of education and training processes.

This paper reports on research undertaken into the professional development activities of AFL footballers, and how they are organised, supported and practiced. Drawing on extensive interview data, the research reveals a number of tensions and contradictions between the aspirations of different players, their coaches and mentors, and a range of competing industry practices and processes. In the paper we explore the possibilities for modifying behaviours and attitudes via risk management practices that centre on the provision of compulsory educational seminars and workshops. Drawing on Foucault's later work on the care of the Self we focus on the ways in which new expectations of a professional footballing identity are being constructed and managed.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
ISSN 1324-9320
Language eng
Field of Research 160805 Social Change
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2007, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022618

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