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dc.contributor.advisorCassidy, Tania
dc.contributor.advisorShaw, Sally
dc.contributor.authorMerrilees, Joan Cecily
dc.date.available2015-01-21T01:36:16Z
dc.date.copyright2015
dc.identifier.citationMerrilees, J. C. (2015). Women’s Experiences of Becoming Elite Track and Field Coaches in New Zealand (Thesis, Master of Physical Education). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/5431en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/5431
dc.description.abstractElite coaching is predominantly a male vocation with many of New Zealand’s most successful women’s teams being coached by men, such as the national women’s rugby and hockey teams. Research has identified a number of individual, organisational, and structural constraints to women’s progression in coaching. The aim of this study was to examine women’s experiences of becoming elite coaches within track and field in New Zealand. The focus was on professional development, and how this was managed; by the coach; the national organisation; or a combination of both. The study gained insight into the complexities associated with women becoming elite coaches; specifically, the complexities associated with professional development for women elite coaches within New Zealand’s gendered coaching environment. The methods used in the study were face to face semi structured interviews with three participants who are elite coaches. Two themes around professional development emerged. Firstly, professionalism in coaching and secondly, Athletics New Zealand’s professional development and support. The study showed there were several understandings by the participant coaches in regard to both professionalism and Athletics New Zealand’s professional development and support. Within New Zealand’s gendered track and field elite coaching community, men are privileged over women. This research found that within this community there is little sharing of knowledge or support from the professional coaches, with the participants preferring to gain their knowledge and support from their global networks.
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dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectCommunities of Practice (CoP)
dc.subjectCoaching Communities of Practice (CCoP)
dc.subjectLandscapes of Practice (LoP)
dc.subjectMentoring
dc.subjectInformal Knowledge Networks (IKN)
dc.subjectCritical Feminism
dc.titleWomen's Experiences of Becoming Elite Track and Field Coaches in New Zealand
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2015-01-20T21:51:22Z
thesis.degree.disciplineSchool of Physical Education
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Physical Education
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
otago.openaccessOpen
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