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Framing pedagogic relations within the boundaries of Foundation Degree Sport and Coaching qualifications

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posted on 2022-05-03, 16:05 authored by David Aldous, Jane Freeman

 Changes to the relations between sport-education and employment labour markets have resulted in the increasing diversity of how academic and vocational skills, knowledge and practices are valued within the micro-level of qualifications. The implications of this are particularly felt by further education (FE) sport-lecturers in the UK, who are required to select, transform and transmit messages from both vocational education policy and the sport-industry sectors. To illustrate the implications of these changing relations, the paper offers insight into the experiences of one FE sport-lecturer, Janet (all names are pseudonyms), who, as part of her professional development, engaged within a process of reflective practice that focused on her pedagogic interactions within a Foundation Degree in Sport Coaching (FdSC). Drawing upon a Bernsteinian informed analysis we illustrate how Janet attempted to use a range of pedagogical strategies to frame the selection, transmission and evaluation of academic skills. This process supported students to begin recognising the value of academic skills and assimilate these with the more established vocational skills within the FdSC qualification. The experiences of Janet are then used as a starting point from which to discuss how the possibilities of change to pedagogic relations within the FdSC may be encouraged, developed and enacted across the vocational sport-education sector. We suggest that institutions and stakeholders responsible for shaping higher education sport-qualifications should consider how lecturers are supported in the framing of pedagogical relations that enable academic skills and practices to be integrated and valued within FdSC curricula. 


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Sport Education and Society


Taylor & Francis


  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)


Aldous, D. and Freeman, J. (2015) 'Framing pedagogic relations within the boundaries of Foundation Degree sport and coaching qualifications', Sport Education and Society, pp.1-11. doi:10.1080/13573322.2015.1069740

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  • Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

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David Aldous

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  • Physical Health Education for Lifelong Learning

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