Scaffolding' players' learning: A way forward for coaching

Lead Research Organisation: Cardiff Metropolitan University
Department Name: Cardiff School of Health Science


The aim of this project is to record and analyse the practice of sport coaches from the pedagogical perspective of 'scaffolding'. This is both in terms of the episodic coaching act and the more general coaching process. Specifically, the purpose is to investigate the pedagogical complexity of coaching, in relation to how coaches' 'scaffold' and manage players' learning and context towards desired ends. This aim will be addressed through a series of mutually informing detailed research questions:

1. What, when and how do coaches scaffold the learning of players?
2. What are the observed and perceived situational constraints on coaches' practice in this respect?
3. How do coaches scaffold player compliance? What power structures are at work?
4. Why do coaches think what they do in terms of generating player learning works? How do they evaluate it?
5. What can coaches tell us about the dilemmas they face and the decisions they make in terms of scaffolding practice? How important are socio-cultural factors in this process?
6. Which factors, within their respective contexts, do coaches deem most important to control (and scaffold) and why?


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ES/P00069X/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2027
2296921 Studentship ES/P00069X/1 01/10/2019 30/09/2023 Amber Jean Regardsoe