Expert coaching practice: Emergent decision making; imminent awareness and forward reasoning

Wharton, Lee (2014) Expert coaching practice: Emergent decision making; imminent awareness and forward reasoning. In ACHPER Queensland - Brisbane HPE Conference, 14 - 15 August 2014, Brisbane, QLD. (Unpublished)


The analytical minds of researchers have been well tested by the task of explaining the intricacies of expert coaching practice. Cassidy, Jones & Potrac (2004) have highlighted the difficulty of defining the practice of expert coaching practitioners by suggesting that two of the most frequently employed nouns: ‘styles’ and ‘methods’, are often applied incorrectly. To shed further light on this perspective Wharton and Rossi (2014) discuss a smattering of similar exemplars; each rich in coaching phenomena, yet vague by definition. However in light of this indifference in definition, Gilbert and Trudel (2009) suggest, that in lieu of a definitive nexus between theoria and praxis – one that represents coaching practice as an interactive process hewn from contextual reason, than researchers and coaching practitioners alike will be unable to explain expertise in coaching practice any more accurately than the recent offerings of esoteric intuition, tacit knowledge, or simply the art of coaching.

Research Methods 6 professional high performance coaches have been subjected to two semi-structured interviews. The data was analysed according to Strauss and Corbin’s (1998) conditional matrix of Open, Axial and Selective coding.

Research Findings In a response to the above research conundrum this paper presents an objective analysis of the practices of 6 performance coaches. The outcomes of this research have identified three conceptions which provide the impetus for a Grounded Theory Model that attempts to explain how expert coaching practitioners allow the decisions which inform live interceptive practice to emerge from the field.

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ID Code: 97666
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Expertise, Sports Coaching, Emergent Decision Making, Imminent Awareness, Forward Reasoning
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 26 Jul 2016 23:55
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2016 23:55

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