Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Knowledge Sources: A Comparison of Expert Tennis and Golf Instructors. (Pedagogy)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Knowledge Sources: A Comparison of Expert Tennis and Golf Instructors. (Pedagogy)

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The purpose of this study was to compare the sources of knowledge that expert golf instructors and expert tennis instructors considered most useful for teaching. Twenty-three expert golf instructors and twenty expert tennis instructors participated in two separate studies. Both studies were part of a larger examination of expertise in sport instruction. The knowledge sources components of both studies used a Q-Sort data collection technique. This method of data collection allows for the comparison of usefulness and importance of the source of knowledge across the two areas of sport instruction. Each instructor (golf and tennis) was asked to rank order either eleven (golf) or thirteen (tennis) cards, with each card denoting a possible source of knowledge. After sorting the cards the instructors were interviewed to determine the rationale for their particular card ranking. It must be noted at anytime during this stage of data collection the participant could modify and! or rearrange the order of the cards. Anal ysis of the average rank scores revealed Grand Rank orders and resulted in the formation of three main categories of importance: primary, secondary, and tertiary. …

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