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Understanding Effective Coaching: A Foucauldian Reading of Current Coach Education Frameworks

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posted on 2024-06-06, 03:35 authored by Zoe AvnerZoe Avner, Pirkko Markula, Jim Denison
Drawing on a modified version of Foucault’s (1972) analysis of discursive formations, we selected key coach education texts in Canada to examine what discourses currently shape effective coaching in Canada in order to detect what choices Canadian coaches have to know about “being an effective coach.” We then compared the most salient aspects of our reading to the International Sport Coaching Framework. Our Foucauldian reading of the two Canadian coach education websites showed that the present set of choices for coaches to practice “effectively” is narrow and that correspondingly the potential for change and innovation is limited in scope. Our comparison with the International Sport Coaching Framework, however, showed more promise as we found that its focus on the development of coach competences allowed for different coaching knowledges and coaching aims than a narrow focus on performance and results. We then conclude this Insights Paper by offering some comments on the implications of our Foucauldian reading as well as some suggestions to address our concerns about the dominance of certain knowledges and the various effects of this dominance for athletes, coaches, coach development and the coaching profession at large.

History

Journal

International Sport Coaching Journal

Volume

4

Pagination

101-109

ISSN

2328-918X

eISSN

2328-9198

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

1

Publisher

Human Kinetics