Exploring niche construction in sport coaching: an ecological dynamics analysis.

ROTHWELL, Martyn, STONE, Joseph and DAVIDS, Keith (2021). Exploring niche construction in sport coaching: an ecological dynamics analysis. Sports Coaching Review.

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In this article we challenge deterministic practices on learning and development, biased towards individual properties of learners (e.g., genetic endowment) and knowledge acquisition (e.g., internal representations). These traditional approaches typically fail to account for environmental influences which may interact in unique ways with relevant personal characteristics of learners. To challenge these deterministic approaches, we present a conceptual framework that combines niche construction theory and ecological dynamics, positioning behaviour at the ecological level of analysis where highly skilled behaviour emerges from the individual-environment system. To substantiate this conceptual framework, we investigate the insights and experiential knowledge of professional sports coaches on their practice designs. Results revealed how athletes and coaches value the capacity to modify athlete-environment interactions influencing opportunities for action in a practice context. This novel conceptual framework can inform the designs of contemporary learning and development practices that positively influence the evolution of skilled behaviours in different individuals.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/21640629.2021.1974692
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2021 11:28
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2021 11:30
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29123

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