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Exploring the role of experiential learning in the development and performance of elite endurance athletes

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dc.contributor.author Jackson, W. David
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-31T16:55:56Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-31T16:55:56Z
dc.date.copyright 2009 en
dc.date.issued 2009-08-31T16:55:56Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/1698
dc.description.abstract The primary purpose of this study was to explore how an athlete learns from experience and how this has impacted their development in becoming capable elite international athletes. Based on the qualitative theory of phenomenology, a purposeful sampling technique was used to identify participants who were experts in the phenomena being studied. In-depth interviews were conducted with four elite level triathletes (3 female; 1 male). A thematic analysis completed for each participant revealed a number of general themes. The four central themes that pervaded across participants included Learning from a New Coaching Approach, Learning from Performance, Learning during Performance, and Seeking out Learning. Different types of learning were evident and although the central themes fit with a number of different theories and models of learning, the best fit was the network model that recognizes multiple ways of learning. The relevance of experiential learning and the role of the athlete as an active learner were also highlighted. Implications for athletes and coaches include athletes being encouraged to explore various learning methods and coaches being challenged to create an environment that optimizes an athlete’s learning opportunities. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject Experiential Learning en
dc.subject Elite en
dc.subject Endurance en
dc.subject Athletes en
dc.subject Performance en
dc.subject Development en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences en
dc.title Exploring the role of experiential learning in the development and performance of elite endurance athletes en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Naylor, Patti-Jean
dc.contributor.supervisor Patrick, Tom
dc.degree.department School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en


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