Last week I attended an international webinar presented by Nippon Sports Science University’s Coach Developer Academy on Assessment in Coach Education:
The two speakers that stood out most significantly to me were Heather Morris-Eyton of the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and AJ Woodburn from University of Quebec.
Here is a summary of what they presented:
Heather Morris-Eyton from University of Johannesburg, South Africa at 33:50 of the webinar
The question that she responded to was: How should assessment change with the level of ability and experience? What does entry-level coach assessment look like compared to the assessment of more advanced coaches?
Assessment is driven by learning objectives and should be aligned to the expectations that are set for coaches at different levels of coaching.
Looking at age demographics – You need to understand the demographics of coaches looking at the experience of the adult learners. These experiences determine how they respond to the delivery of the coach education process.
Integrating assessment into the coach education program should be authentic and transparent so coaches understand what will be required of them. The assessment process also needs to be contextualized to experiences within their profession. Assessment must be linked to the education process.
AJ Woodburn – University of Quebec at 39:50 of the webinar
The question that she responded to was: How can we certify the coach and assure that they have met a particular standard?
Her answer: In her answer she identified the three ways that assessment should be utilized in evaluating coaches which I completely agree with:
It was very rewarding to hear that the practices that we at Emerge utilize when we develop an assessment strategy for any curriculum or training program are those same practices that are widely acknowledge across the globe as best practices from experts in the field.
That was my take-away.
What stood out for you?