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Positive Pedagogy for Sport Coaching Virtual Symposium

Saturday, March 20, 1-5 p.m. USA EST

Positive Pedagogy for Sport Coaching Virtual Symposium

The 2021 Positive Pedagogy for Sport Coaching Virtual Symposium was a great success!

Thank you to all of our presenters and attendees! If you registered and were unable to attend, you are able to access the recording using the link you received when you registered. As you watch, please share your thoughts and insights on social media using #OHIOPPed2021. 

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The Positive Pedagogy for Sport Coaching Virtual Symposium provided researchers and coaching practitioners with insight into the framework of ideas, concepts, and pedagogical features of Positive Pedagogy for Sport Coaching.

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What is Positive Pedagogy (PPed)?

Positive Pedagogy (PPed) was designed to encourage sport coaches to reflect deeply on the nature of learning and the role that questioning, experience, reflection, dialogue, and inquiry play in learning and improving in a sport for any athlete of any age and at any level. PPed aims to empower coaches to understand how they can shape athlete learning by offering a more flexible and adaptable approach that coaches can develop at their own pace in a gradual process of change. The ongoing development of PPed is an important contribution to the advancement of innovation in sport coaching and, in particular, athlete-centered approaches to coaching.

Event Schedule

The symposium featured a series of short, engaging case study presentations from an international group of sport coaching practitioners who have utilized PPed within their local coaching contexts. In each presentation, the presenter provided a rationale about why they adopted a PPed approach for the context in which they were working.

Session Descriptions

Note: If you registered for this event, you can access the recording using the link you received when you registered.

Time Presenter Session Title Moderator
1:00–1:20 p.m. EST Professor Stephen Harvey, Ohio University (U.S.)
Professor Richard Light, Independent Scholar (Australia)
An Introduction to Positive Pedagogy for Sport Coaching Laura Costa Dos Santos
1:20 p.m.–1:45 p.m. EST Laura Costa Dos Santos, Ohio University (U.S.) Using Positive Pedagogy in Youth Volleyball Coaching Letitia Price
1:45 p.m.–2:10 p.m. EST Dr. Clayton Kukclick, University of Denver (U.S.) Positive Pedagogy and its Application to the Sport of Baseball Dr. Ashley Allanson
2:10 p.m.–2:35 p.m. EST Phil Edwards, USA Field Hockey (U.S.) Developing Program-Wide Coaching Philosophy Using Positive Pedagogy Professor Stephen Harvey
2:35 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EST Letitia Price, Ohio University (U.S.) Implementing Positive Pedagogy in Strength and Conditioning Laura Costa Dos Santos
3:00 p.m.–3:25 p.m. EST Nick Hill, Saint Joseph's College (England, UK) Using Positive Pedagogy in Striking & Fielding Games Dr. Ashley Allanson
3:25 p.m.–3:50 p.m. EST Dr. Ricardo Pimenta (Japan) Applying Positive Pedagogy in Basketball Coaching with Two Different Age Groups Laura Costa Dos Santos
3:50 p.m.–4:15 p.m. EST Dr. Bianca Couto de Aguiar (Japan) Using Positive Pedagogy to enhance motivation and overall body awareness in Gymnastics Letitia Price
4:15 p.m.–4:40 p.m. EST Dr. Shane Pill, Flinders University (Australia) Providing a Positive Experience of Learning in Australian Football State-League Team Professor Stephen Harvey
4:40 p.m.–5:00 p.m. EST

Professor Stephen Harvey, Ohio University (U.S.)
Professor Richard Light, Independent Scholar (Australia)

Question and Answer Session on Positive Pedagogy for Sport Coaching with Session Presenters Dr. Ashley Allanson

Presenter Bios

Dr. Bianca de Aguiar

 

Dr. Bianca de Aguiar

Dr. Bianca de Aguiar

Dr. Bianca de Aguiar is a Research Fellow for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), and she is currently conducting her research on the impact of mega sport events on undergraduate students' beliefs about coaching at Waseda University in Japan. Bianca’s research focus is on contemporary developments in physical education and sport-related pedagogy, and on teacher/coach development and practice, having presented and published on these topics internationally.

Laura Costa dos Santos

Laura Costa dos Santos

Laura Costa dos Santos

Laura Costa dos Santos graduated with a master’s from the Coaching Education program from Ohio University and is currently a facilitator within the Patton College of Education. Laura is a former assistant collegiate volleyball coach at Ohio University, Oregon State University, Bowling Green State University, and Western Illinois University. Prior to coaching, Laura played volleyball at the University of Illinois and was a 1st and 2nd All American Outside Hitter. She also worked with youth athletes, coaching at three different clubs. And she is currently an academic advisor at Shawnee State University.

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards is the Senior Manager of Coaching and Performance at USA Field Hockey, a role which includes oversight of the Olympic Development Pathway and the Junior High Performance program, as well as providing coach development support. Originally from the UK, he has spent the past decade in the U.S. coaching at the NCAA and senior international level. Currently, he is pursuing a Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance (Sport) at Dublin City University focusing on talent identification and development.

Dr. Stephen Harvey

Stephen Harvey

Dr. Stephen Harvey

Dr. Stephen Harvey, Professor in Ohio University’s Recreation and Sport Pedagogy Department, co-authored “Applied Positive Pedagogy in Sport Coaching (2020)” with Richard Light. He is a former junior international field hockey coach and currently works with organizations such as USA Field Hockey and the United States Olympic Committee in a coach development and education role. Recently, Dr. Harvey has successfully completed international coach educator/developer qualification and he was previously a coach educator with England Hockey, the national governing body of field hockey in England.

Nick Hill

Nick Hill

Nick Hill

Nick Hill has been teaching for 17 years and coaching for 21 years all around the world. He has taught and coached in the UK, Chile, and the USA in a variety of cultures and environments at all levels (schools, universities, and clubs) from 5-year-olds to 55-year-olds. He is a Physical Education teacher, Rugby Coach, and Athletic Development Coach. Nick is a big believer in and an advocate of using a Player-centred Philosophy and uses Teaching Games for Understanding and Game Sense in his Physical Education lessons and Sports Coaching sessions applying the principles in badminton, basketball, cricket, field hockey, rugby union, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Nick currently works as the Assistant Head of Rugby at Saint Joseph’s College in Ipswich, England.

Dr. Clayton Kuklick

Clayton Kuklick

Dr. Clayton Kuklick

Dr. Clayton Kuklick, CSCS, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Master of Arts in Sport Coaching program at the University of Denver, where he teaches a variety of courses spanning motor learning and pedagogy, biomechanics, sports technology, and kinesiology. His research interests center on coach learning and enhancing athlete performance. Kuklick has been a professor of coach development for the last six years after serving a nine-year stint as a collegiate baseball coach.

Dr. Richard Light

Richard Light

Dr. Richard Light

Dr. Richard Light is a recently retired Professor of Sport Pedagogy in the College of Education, Health and Human Development at The University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is a prominent figure in research on, and the development of, athlete-centered coaching. Richard’s experience as a coach was in school sport as a primary school and secondary school teacher and at high performance levels in rugby and martial arts where he coached national champions in karate and kickboxing. He co-authored “Applied Positive Pedagogy in Sport Coaching (2020)” with Dr. Stephen Harvey.

Dr. Shane Pill

Shane Pill

Dr. Shane Pill

Dr. Shane Pill is Associate Professor of Physical Education and Sport at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. He is an award-winning teacher, teacher educator, and coach educator. Shane began teaching and coaching in 1988. He has coached numerous sports, including Australian football (AFL), football (soccer), basketball, cricket, triathlon, touch, volleyball, swimming, and athletics (sprinting), and coached participants from entry-level through to adult semi-professional sport. His recent books are "Perspectives on Athlete-Centred Coaching" (2018) and "Perspectives on Game-Based Coaching" (2020), and forthcoming is "Spectrum of Coaching Styles" (2021).

Dr. Ricardo Milheiro Pimenta

Ricardo Milheiro Pimenta

Dr. Ricardo Milheiro Pimenta

Dr. Ricardo Milheiro Pimenta moved from Portugal to New Zealand to undertake his Ph.D. with its completion in 2019. During this time, he coached several teams, including high school students (year 9, 10, 11, and senior), University basketball (University of Canterbury Women's Basketball Team 5v5 and 3v3), Pioneer Women’s Basketball (Women’s Premier Division) and Under-14 Girls New Zealand Basketball National Team. In each of the teams, he tried to implement his knowledge about Positive Pedagogy and other GBA’s in order to create the best learning environment for his athletes.

Letitia Price

Letitia Price

Letitia Price

Letitia Price is a doctoral candidate conducting research on women in coaching and sport leadership. She is also an assistant coordinator for the Ohio University online Master’s in Soccer Coaching Education program. In this role, she continues to provide coaching development support for the United Soccer Coaches Advocacy Coaches group. She has coached international, professional, university, and secondary school athletes within the areas of Strength & Conditioning, Football, and Sport Performance Lifestyle. Currently, she is providing coaching support for the Ohio University Hockey varsity team to empower athlete-centered sport science support. She was recently included in the Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Committee for Ohio University intercollegiate athletics and coaches.

Event Organizers

This event is being hosted by faculty/guests from the Coaching, Health, and Physical Education Program, which is situated in the Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy at Ohio University, USA. The lead convener is Dr. Stephen Harvey, who is one of the lead authors on the concept of Positive Pedagogy for Sport Coaching and an internationally renowned researcher in athlete-centered coaching approaches who has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, books, and/or book chapters.

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