The epistemological chain in action: coaching in high level golf

Grecic, David orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-1487-8327, Macnamara, Aine orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8110-6784 and Collins, David John orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7601-0454 (2013) The epistemological chain in action: coaching in high level golf. Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies, 7 (1). pp. 103-126. ISSN 1754-2375

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An epistemological chain, as it relates to sport, may be understood as the sequencing of tacit coaching knowledge that a coach may adopt or impart to a given performer in a given sport. It is a make-up of beliefs and actions that constitutes how they go about coaching. The aim of the study was to explore the nature and application of the epistemological chain (EC) construct in the decision making of high level golf coaches. In particular we were interested in determining whether the EC was evident and operationalized in a coherent manner. Five male high level golf coaches interviewed in an earlier study were observed delivering a coaching session. These observations provided the basis of subsequent semi-structured interviews which explored general behaviours in order to determine the overall implementation of the EC. Data were analysed to identify themes aligned to the core elements of the EC. Results indicate that the EC is indeed present in a coherent fashion and highlights its utility as a guide and framework for coach reflection and learning.

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