Learning Experiences Contributing to Service-Delivery Competence

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Tod, David, Marchant, Daryl and Andersen, Mark B (2007) Learning Experiences Contributing to Service-Delivery Competence. The Sport Psychologist, 21 (3). pp. 317-334. ISSN 0888-4781


Graduates (n = 16) and teaching staff (n = 11) of Australian masters of applied psychology programs (sport and exercise) participated in interviews about learning experiences that they believed contributed to service-delivery competence. Interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim, and thematically content analyzed. The authors sought to enhance research credibility through data source and analyst triangulation. Participants thought the main contributions to service-delivery competence were client interactions; relationships among teaching staff, supervisors, and students; and specific events outside of the training programs. Participants considered sport psychology research and theory to be helpful when applicable to clients. The authors discuss issues arising under the major themes relating to practitioner development, such as supervisor–supervisee relationships. The results of the study have implications for future training in sport psychology, such as the mentoring of students, the grounding of practice in research and theory, and how anxiety can be minimized during role-plays.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3424
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Keywords ResPubID12754, Australian masters of applied psychology programs (sport and exercise), learning experiences, service-delivery competence, client interactions, staff-students relationships, training programs
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