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The impact of peer-to-peer learning on elite coach development - A case study of the pursuit of excellence programme at the Irish Institute of Sport

Walsh, Sarah Jane (2016) The impact of peer-to-peer learning on elite coach development - A case study of the pursuit of excellence programme at the Irish Institute of Sport. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to discover if the Pursuit of Excellence programme, by the Irish Institute of sport in Ireland, is having a positive or negative impact on elite coach learning and development; to identify the key theoretical considerations concerning elite coach learning and development; to identify the most effective sources of elite coach learning and development; and to identify the current state of elite coach learning and development in Ireland.

A qualitative approach was adopted and eight in-depth interviews were conducted with elite coaches in Ireland who are participants of the Pursuit of Excellence programme.

The results of the study revealed from this research that elite coaches in Ireland place high value on peer-to-peer learning in the community of practice, namely, the PEP programme run by the IIS. Overall, their experience of the programme has proven to be positive and constructive. All of the coaches highlighted the fact that they are benefiting from the PEP programme. Despite the benefits, there are a number of challenges facing the coaches on the PEP programme. The study also revealed that formal, informal, and non-formal learning are all important aspects of elite learning and development, with no one method serving the coaches’ needs.

It is hoped that this study will be of practical value to the Irish Institute of Sport.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Coaching
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Organisational Behaviour > Organisational Learning
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > Sports
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2016 10:57
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2016 10:57
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2332

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