Development of a questionnaire focused on sports coaches learning
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|coaching knowledge transfer; informal coach education; peer-to-peer learning; mentoring; professional sharing
|Coaching is one of the most demanding social, helping and pedagogical professions. Research findings show that it is not only the completed formal coach education that is crucial for the professional development of each coach but above all, it is the complex results of their lifelong learning. Therefore, our paper aims to create a research tool – a questionnaire that identifies the essential circumstances of lifelong coach learning. The questionnaire design builds on the results of analogous international empirical studies on coach learning. These starting points show that the following areas play an essential role in the lifelong learning process of coaches: (1) personal sports and coaching experience, (2) reflection (self-reflection) of this experience, (3) professional sharing of coach experience, (4) mentoring and (5) accessible and understandable coach learning information resources. We prepared a working version of the questionnaire based on the above principles. This research tool aims to identify sports coaches' learning and education processes. We designed the questionnaire to suit various respondents – coaches (multiple types of sports, competitive and recreational sports, different age groups, beginners and experienced coaches, etc.). The first stage of verifying the draft version of the questionnaire consisted of an expert assessment. The second stage of the questionnaire verification took place in interviews with six coaches. We then converted the revised questionnaire into electronic form. We verified the functionality of the final electronic version of the questionnaire as part of a pilot study.