Investigating the teaching style of a junior tennis coach using The Spectrum of Teaching Styles

Hewitt, Mitchell and Edwards, Kenneth and Pill, Shane (2016) Investigating the teaching style of a junior tennis coach using The Spectrum of Teaching Styles. ICHPER - SD Journal of Research in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance, 44 (1). pp. 5-32. ISSN 1930-4595


The coaching behaviors of non-elite tennis coaches, remains under-researched. This study considered the question of what teaching styles do junior development tennis coaches use during coaching sessions throughout the year through an extended observation of a junior tennis coach. Related to this was the question as to the alignment of the coaching behavior to the tenets of the sport coaching approach underlying the philosophy of sport in Australia, the Game Sense approach. The Spectrum of Teaching Styles was used as a framework to tag vision of the coach taking various practice sessions. Following the observational and video capture period the coach was interviewed to gain descriptive data about the coach perception of the instructional styles they believed they used during practice and comparison to the observed styles of the coaching sessions. This data was analyzed using an interpretive methodology. From the extended observational period of 18 hours with the coach, two landmark teaching styles of the Spectrum of Teaching Styles were observed in addition to variations (canopy designs) that approximated these landmark teaching styles.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2017 04:33
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2018 04:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: tennis, coaching, teaching, styles, The Spectrum
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy

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