Research in the area of self-reflection is continuously growing. Many professions, including nursing, teaching, counseling, coaching and practicing physicians have collected much research in self-reflection. Yet, there exists a dearth of self-reflection studies regarding sport psychology consultants (SPC). Further, self-reflection research advocates the effectiveness of proper reflection, but there is not yet a specific guide that explains self-reflection and how to reflect effectively in a practical manner, especially for SPC’s. The purpose of this study was to create a specific guide for SPC’s that teaches why reflection is important and how to reflect effectively. A secondary purpose was to pilot the study using four neophyte consultants in order to collect feedback for the self-reflection guide. Four neophyte SPC’s were used as participants (N = 4). Participants were given the guide and taught by their consulting mentor how to comprehend reflection and use the guide. A semi-structured, open-ended interview was conducted. Interviews were recorded and transcribed. Grounded Theory qualitative analysis was used to classify interview feedback using open, axial, and selective codes. Findings revealed that consultants may be able to attain significant experiential knowledge more quickly through reflecting and discussing reflections with a mentor. Core categories/selective codes indicate learning occurred in three dimensions: Self-reflective learning experience, consulting learning experience, the reflection guide has benefits and drawbacks. Reflection guide recommendations were then considered and implemented in the guide.
|Commitee:||Webb, Benjamin, Rose, Paul|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 81/12(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Guide, Manual, Reflection, Reflective, Self-reflection, Sport psychology consulting|
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