Science and Golf II: Proceedings of the 1994 World Scientific Congress of Golf

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Teaching methods and epistemic styles of golf instructors

R.J. Rancourt and R.Q. Searle

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

Abstract

Effective teaching is dependent, in part, upon the most appropriate use of teaching methods within a particular instructional environment. The research on golf instruction has been to a large extent focussed on the search for the “one best” method and the results have been discouraging. Recently, some authors have suggested that golf instructor traits should be examined in relation to effective teaching methodology. It was the intention of this study to identify teaching methods used by golf instructors and to relate those methods to a set of traits called knowledge accessing modes. The Golf Style Indicator was administered to a sample of 145 golf instructors to identify their knowledge accessing modes and a Teaching Style Inventory was given to identify what instructors considered to be their preferred approach to teaching. Results indicated a definite tendency for golf instructors to select teaching methods congruent with their dominant knowledge accessing mode. The teaching exemplars generated from this study will help develop the observational tools necessary for golf instructors to better match their teaching methods to the learner.

Keywords: Teaching Methods, Epistemic Orientation, Mode, Rational, Empirical, Noetic.


1 Introduction

A general review of the teaching methodology research in education reveals the existence of a plethora of methods. Taken individually, each study on teaching methodology presents a strong case for effective teaching. However, when all the studies are taken together, the conclusions are dramatically different. For example a 1974 study by Avila Combs & Purkey states that “a review of all the research available on good and poor teaching was unable to discover any method of teaching which could be shown to be

Science and Golf II: Proceedings of the World Scientific Congress of Golf. Edited by A.J. Cochran and M.R. Farrally. Published in 1994 by E & FN Spon, London. ISBN 0 419 18790 1

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