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Olympism as education: Analysing the learning experiences of elite athletes
Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3918-7904
School of Human Movement Studies, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
School of Public Health, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
2012 (English)In: Educational review (Birmingham), ISSN 0013-1911, E-ISSN 1465-3397, Vol. 64, no 3, p. 369-384Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Olympic athletes are potentially the most visible exponents of Olympic values. How athletes learn values, however, has not captured the attention of those responsible for Olympic documentation or pedagogues. This paper examines how aspects of Olympism became relevant for three former Olympians during their athletic careers. Interview material suggested that: (1) inconsistencies within official expressions of Olympism mirror tensions in athletic experiences; (2) some claims concerning sport made in the Olympic Charter are simplistic and translate poorly to Olympic experiences that are multidimensional and complex; and (3) universal ethical principles have limited influence on how athletes conduct themselves. The results imply that pedagogues working with elite athletes should make discursive discontinuities in sport explicit, reflect on traditional views of sport education while acknowledging implicit learning, and approach questions of ethics from a specific and practice-oriented standpoint rather than a universal and principle-based one.

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Routledge, 2012. Vol. 64, no 3, p. 369-384
Keywords [en]
communities of practice, elite athletes, Olympism, situated learning
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-73083DOI: 10.1080/00131911.2012.665846ISI: 000305704100008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84863302282OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-73083DiVA, id: diva2:1295094
Available from: 2019-03-10 Created: 2019-03-10 Last updated: 2019-03-20Bibliographically approved

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