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The way that things are done around here: An investigation into the organisational and social structures that contribute to structural power within the Australian swim coach education pathway

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Zehntner, C (2016) The way that things are done around here: An investigation into the organisational and social structures that contribute to structural power within the Australian swim coach education pathway. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This investigation sought to investigate relational experiences of Australian swim coaches engaged in a formal education process that is embedded in the coach development and accreditation pathway. By utilising narrative ethnography and autoethnography, stories of experience were recounted, recorded and analysed in order to reveal the social and relational structures that influenced the (re)production of coaching practice in and through the coach education process.
The impetus for this investigation stemmed from my personal experiences in the Australian Swimming coach development pathway and what I considered to be a fractured coaching self. Concerned with the significant rise in coach burnout (Altfeld, Mallett, & Kellmann, 2015), as well as the identified need for coaches to develop reflexivity (Cassidy, Jones, & Potrac, 2009; Denison & Avner, 2011), this investigation sought to extend knowledge in regard to the relational and structural elements that influenced coach practice within Swimming Australia’s prescribed coach education process. The findings of this research were important for two reasons. First, there was a need to understand the effect that social conditions occurring in the educative process could have on coach practice and self. Second, previous research by McMahon, Penney, and Dinan Thompson (2012) revealed how coach practitioners utilised pedagogies that negatively affected athletes; therefore, the educative process for coaches, namely the coach development pathway warranted further investigation.

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