Teaching styles of Australian junior tennis coaches

Hewitt, Mitchell and Edwards, Ken and Pill, Shane (2016) Teaching styles of Australian junior tennis coaches. In: 2015 Game Sense for Teaching and Coaching Conference, 17-18 Nov 2015, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Abstract

Game Sense was introduced to Australian tennis during Australian Sports Commission (ASC) national workshops in 1996, prompting tennis coach education providers to emphasise the approach, and its embrace of increased player involvement in the coaching process, in formal coach accreditation literature. This research involving 208 junior development and club professional coaches in self-assessment of their teaching styles, provides insight into the penetration into the everyday coaching practice of one of the central pedagogical tenets of the Game Sense approach – the use of well-considered coach questions to guide the development of players’ technical and tactical game development. Since the ASC workshops in 1996, until this research there has been no assessment of the uptake of the Game Sense approach in Australian tennis. The pedagogical practice of coach-led questions in the Game Sense approach has been referred to as a form of guided discovery. This research used Mosston and Ashworth’s Spectrum of Teaching Styles (2008) (The Spectrum) as a tool through which to investigate the coaching styles of Australian junior tennis coaches, revealing coaches self-identified alignment with the guided discovery practice of coach-led questions (Mosston’s Guided Discovery-Style F). The research found that a practice style (Mosston’s Practice Style-B) was the pedagogical style used most often by the respondents, followed by a more directive or command style (Mosston’s Command Style-A). Guided discovery (Mosston’s Guided Discovery-Style F) was the third most commonly adopted pedagogical practice.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © 2016 Published by the School of Sport and Physical Education, University of Canterbury. All rights remain with the authors.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing
Date Deposited: 23 May 2017 05:52
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2017 05:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: Game Sense; Spectrum of Teaching Styles; tennis; Australia; coaching; coaches
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
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30280

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