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posted on 06.01.2022, 12:37 by Gethin Thomas, Jake Bailey, Irina Engeness
The purpose of this study is to advance the notion of scaffolding in coaching as a socio-pedagogic activity through exploring the “doing” of coaching during a competition preparation period. Using the method of critical companionship, the analysis draws on a storied representation of a coach’s practice. Findings conceptualise scaffolding as a transformative process of continuous building and enacting of both coach and athlete’s agentic capabilities to enhance learning. Within this framework, the coach had to understand the athlete and read the cultural context for scaffolding to occur within an appropriately constructed zone of proximal development (ZPD). This involved building a ZPD and scaffolding that developed athlete agency as a learner while maintaining respect and security, leading to the enhancement of the coach’s pedagogical and social agency. These findings advance the notion of scaffolding through merging the pedagogical and social, providing a framework for coach and athlete’s agentic learning and development.

History

Published in

Sports Coaching Review

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Acceptance Date

07/10/2021

Publication Date

29/10/2021

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Citation

Gethin Llewellyn Thomas, Jake Bailey & Irina Engeness (2021) 'Scaffolding athlete learning in preparation for competition: what matters', Sports Coaching Review, DOI: 10.1080/21640629.2021.1991713

Print ISSN

2164-0629

Electronic ISSN

2164-0637

Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

Cardiff Met Authors

Gethin Thomas Jake Bailey

Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group

  • Sport Coaching

Copyright Holder

© The Authors

Language

en