Self-identified and observed teaching styles of junior development and club professional tennis coaches in Australia: exploring the prevailing current of pedagogical practices

Hewitt, Mitchell C. (2012) Self-identified and observed teaching styles of junior development and club professional tennis coaches in Australia: exploring the prevailing current of pedagogical practices. In: 10th Symposium of Postgraduate and Early Career Research (PGECR 2012): Researching Mainstreams, Margins and the Spaces In-Between, 18 & 24 Oct 2012, Brisbane, Australia.

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Abstract

Many educational theorists believe that there is no 'best' teaching style. Apart from anecdotal reports, little is known about what teaching styles are being employed by Australian tennis coaches or if they are using a variety of teaching styles as recommended by coach education providers. This paper presents the prevailing current of pedagogical practices of tennis coaches in Australia. It describes the findings of research completed on the self-identified teaching styles of 208 tennis coaches as well as the observed teaching styles of 12 tennis coaches from three 30 minute tennis lessons. Mosston and Ashworth's Spectrum of Teaching Styles (2008) was used as a basis for identifying the coaches' teaching styles.
Results from the survey questionnaire indicated that coaches reported to using all of the teaching styles on Mosston and Ashworth's (2008) Spectrum of Teaching Styles. When the recorded lessons of the 12 coaches were coded, however, two teaching styles were actually observed. The teaching styles observed strongly correlate with the pedagogical principles associated with direct instruction guidelines whereby the coach makes decisions about what the students are learning in addition to how and why they are learning it.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Other)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: USQ publication
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2013 06:21
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 03:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: teaching styles; coaching methodology; tennis coach
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22403

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