Learning Design Framework
My work is centred on the following statement: to support coaches in delivering enjoyable and engaging learning experiences. There are several key words within that “mission statement”, and one of them is learning. I am looking to support coaches deliver sessions that their athletes learn from. Learning can be described as developing a more functional relationship between an athlete (or coach) and their environment (Wood et al., 2022). Without getting too deep into representativeness (discussed more here), it is important that for an athlete to develop a stronger relationship with their environment, they must spend time in that environment, or environments that are similar (i.e. so their skills can transfer). However, representativeness must also be balanced with suitable challenge; and an impoverished task, while not suitable for representative learning or transfer, may provide a suitable challenge for an athlete to grow (detailed below in the challenge-based framework - an athlete may learn, but does it transfer?). In short, the learning experience is directly influenced by the initial skill level of the athlete.