Power and knowledge in a coach mentoring program

Zehntner, Chris, and Mcmahon, Jenny (2019) Power and knowledge in a coach mentoring program. Sports Coaching Review, 8 (1). pp. 62-82.

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In order to broaden our understanding of beginner (mentee) coach learning, we must consider how coach education, in particular prescribed mentoring programs may come to influence what is and what is not taken up by mentee coaches. In this article, narrative ethnography is used to explore six beginner (mentee) coaches’ learning experiences in a prescribed mentoring program within a coach education pathway. A Foucauldian perspective, specifically the concept of panopticism is used to analyse the beginner coaches’ experiences. Special attention is paid to the systems of oppression that beginner coaches may be subjected to along with the complex power relationships that may exist between mentor and mentee coaches in prescribed mentoring programs. This article illustrates how within the mentor-mentee coach relationship, subordination of beginner coaches occurs. In particular, beginner coaches are subtly disciplined and controlled so their coaching practices and ideas align with mentors and the culturally accepted coaching model.

Item ID: 80497
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2164-0637
Keywords: coach learning, coaching, Foucault, Mentoring, panopticism, power
Copyright Information: © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2023 22:50
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390308 Technical, further and workplace education @ 100%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160299 Schools and learning environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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