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Elite cricket coach education: a Bourdieusian analysis

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posted on 18.03.2016, 13:40 authored by Robert Townsend, Christopher CushionChristopher Cushion
The social structures within coach education have been largely unexplored, undiscussed, and treated as unproblematic in contributing to coach learning, both in research and practice. The study used semi-structured, in-depth interviews with 11 elite cricket coaches to gather their perceptions of an elite coach education programme. In particular, this research attempted a more nuanced critical inquiry into the impact of culture on coach learning, habitus on knowledge production and the extent to which capital structures practice within the field of cricket coach education. Data analysis followed abductive reasoning, combining inductive thematic analyses of the data, with a deductive abstraction of these themes within a Bourdieusian framework to provide a level of explanation to the data. The findings present coach education as a complex social field in which coaches were active social beings in the (re)production of coaching knowledge. The culture of cricket was found to perpetuate a powerful doxic system that highlighted the tensions and conflict between an accepted model of coach education with a singular and prescribed body of knowledge and a strong underlying sporting culture and individuals hierarchically placed within it. This data further highlighted how coach education contributes to the (re)production of power within the field of cricket coaching.



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Sport, Education and Society


TOWNSEND, R.C. and CUSHION, C., 2015. Elite cricket coach education: a Bourdieusian analysis. Sport, Education and Society, Published online: 29 May 2015, DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2015.1040753


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