The Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching provides timely, accurate, targeted information to aid in creating a healthier and more positive environment for women coaches – in Canada and around the world.
April 2017, Vol. 17, No. 2
Social Learning Spaces in Support of Women Coaches in University Sport
By Rachel Bertram and Diane m. Culver
Etienne Wenger-Trayner, a globally recognized thought leader in social learning and communities of practice, along with his colleague Jean Lave, coined the term “Community of Practice (CoP) in the book Situated Learning. Later, in Promoting and assessing value creation in communities and networks: A conceptual framework, he wrote that “the formation of a community creates a social space in which participants can discover and further a learning partnership related to a common domain … The key characteristic is the blending of individual and collective learning in the development of a shared practice.”
As researchers Diane Culver and Rachael Bertram discovered, CoPs have engendered a multitude of powerful positives for participating coaches and sport organizations: enjoyment, connecting, sharing, bonding, motivation, and creativity, all in a safe environment and all essential elements of a productive and successful coaching career. At present, CoPs in university sport are largely an American practice. Because there is no apparent reason why such a social learning space cannot succeed in Canada, the Journal urges Canadian university athletic departments to investigate and, we hope, implement the practice. − Sheila Robertson, Journal editor
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Call for Abstracts: Coaching Association of Canada’s Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching
The Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching provides timely, accurate, targeted information to aid in creating a healthier and more positive environment for women coaches – in Canada and around the world. Through its Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching Editorial Board, the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) seeks new Journal submissions to enhance the effectiveness of coaching across all levels of the sport system.
Abstracts that address the topic of women in coaching, as well as other general thematic areas of interest pertaining to female coach development and education will be considered, including:
- The recruitment and retention of women coaches;
- The design, delivery, and evaluation of coach education programs;
- The fostering of professional development opportunities for women coaches;
- Best practices;
- Role models; and
- Compelling stories of women in coaching.