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Coaching as ‘scaffolded’ practice: further insights into sport pedagogy

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posted on 2023-01-23, 16:57 authored by Robyn Jones, Gethin Thomas

 The purpose of this paper is to locate the pedagogical notion of scaffolding within the field of sports coaching. The aim, however, is not only to present scaffolding as a wide-ranging rhetorical concept, but as a definitive perspective by which to better manage coaching’s uncertain nature. Following an introduction, a review of the development and current conceptualization of scaffolding is undertaken, inclusive of its connection to socio-cultural theory. Subsequently, drawing on current research, examples of how and where coaching practice can be scaffolded from macro, meso and micro perspectives are presented. Finally, a reflective conclusion summarizes the main points made and outlines implications for future coaching and coach education. 


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Sports Coaching Review


Taylor & Francis


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Jones, R.L. and Thomas, G.L. (2015) 'Coaching as 'scaffolded' practice: further insights into sport pedagogy', Sports Coaching Review, 4(2), pp.65-79.

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  • Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

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Robyn Jones Gethin Thomas

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  • Sport Coaching

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