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#coachlearninginsport: our game?

Introduction The word happenchance delights me. It brings together coincidence, serendipity and synchronicity for me. Some time ago, I came across Seth Baker’s approach to Happenchance: Happenchance is for anyone who wants to do things better: creative people, adventurers, travelers, wanderers, and dreamers. Anyone who won’t settle for the status quo, who wants to rise above mediocrity and conformity, and do something exciting, amazing, or engaging. This site is for people with an open and relaxed attitude towards life. People whose passion and interests take them in new and unexpected directions. People who don’t mind trying new things. People who aren’t afraid of failing. People willing to...

Do People Who Have Lost Their Voice Have To Do It?

Introduction I undertook three years of fieldwork in two schools in the mid 1980s as part of my part-time PhD studies in the teaching of boys' physical education in the secondary school. Other than a chapter in a book of readings edited by Andrew Sparkes (1992) the only account of my work is in the thesis (1989). The thesis raised some sensitive issues and with the agreement of those in my fieldwork I placed a voluntary embargo on publication. Twenty-one years on all those involved have moved from the fieldwork schools and I would like to share some of the contents...

Speaking About Performance: Hearing Other Narratives

Back in 1988 Donald Polkinghorne produced the delightful book Narrative Knowing and the Human Sciences. In his preface to the book he observes that "practitioners work with narrative knowledge. They are concerned with people's stories..." In Chapter Two he notes that "Narrative is the fundamental scheme for linking individual human actions and events into interrelated aspects of an understandable composite." His insights resonated with qualitative research I was doing in the 1980s and have informed my work ever since. They added to my reading of Miller Mair's work at that time too. I have been prompted to revisit their ideas about...