Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching
The Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching provides timely, accurate, targeted information to aid in creating a healthier and more positive environment for women coaches – in Canada and around the world.
April 2017, Vol. 17, No. 2
Social Learning Spaces in Support of Women Coaches in University Sport
By Rachel Bertram and Diane m. Culver
Etienne Wenger-Trayner, a globally recognized thought leader in social learning and communities of practice, along with his colleague Jean Lave, coined the term “Community of Practice (CoP) in the book Situated Learning. Later, in Promoting and assessing value creation in communities and networks: A conceptual framework, he wrote that “the formation of a community creates a social space in which participants can discover and further a learning partnership related to a common domain … The key characteristic is the blending of individual and collective learning in the development of a shared practice.”
As researchers Diane Culver and Rachael Bertram discovered, CoPs have engendered a multitude of powerful positives for participating coaches and sport organizations: enjoyment, connecting, sharing, bonding, motivation, and creativity, all in a safe environment and all essential elements of a productive and successful coaching career. At present, CoPs in university sport are largely an American practice. Because there is no apparent reason why such a social learning space cannot succeed in Canada, the Journal urges Canadian university athletic departments to investigate and, we hope, implement the practice. − Sheila Robertson, Journal editor
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In recent years, as the participation of girls and women in sport in Canada has skyrocketed, barriers have tumbled and opportunities have proliferated. Women are now found in every aspect of sport, from the playing fields to the boardrooms, as administrators and officials, at the grassroots level through to high performance.
While coaching, too, has been affected by this explosion, women who choose to coach continue to face serious challenges, generally as a result of programs that, when designed, did not consider their unique needs. Other barriers include a lack of mentoring, the failure of sport organizations to spotlight female role models, mis-communication, and a lack of access to information that is critical to professional success.
To address these challenges, in September 2000, the Women in Coaching program of the Coaching Association of Canada introduced The Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching. The premise of the Journal is that timely, accurate, targeted information goes a long way towards creating a healthier and more positive environment for women coaches, in Canada and around the world. During the research phase, a worldwide search turned up little information that is specific to the situation of the woman coach. One dominant concern is family life. Other pressing issues focus on negotiating equitable compensation and satisfactory contracts, breaking into the high performance echelon, establishing personal behaviour guidelines, understanding employee and employer rights, and working effectively with a board of directors.
As well as tackling pertinent issues, the Journal goes one step further by providing practical, hands-on, and proactive suggestions and solutions that inform coaches, their employers, the parents of their athletes, and their clubs and associations. Above all, the Journal is designed to make sure that readers will develop an understanding of the unique challenges women coaches face.
If, through the Journal, the challenges faced by women coaches are "put on the table" and workable solutions are offered, an important step will have been taken towards breaching the formidable barriers to getting ahead.
Publisher: Coaching Association of Canada
Copy Editors: Astou Diop
Translator: MATRA • gs Inc.
- Chair: Gretchen Kerr, University of Toronto
- Research Members: Guylaine Demers, Laval University; Penny Werthner, University of Calgary; Diane Culver, University of Ottawa
- Editor: Sheila Robertson
- Coach: Sheilagh Croxon, High Performance Technical Leader, Synchro Ontario
- PhD Student: Janessa Banwell
- Ad Hoc: Dr. Dru Marshall, University of Calgary; Nancy Lee, Broadcast Sports Journalist and Producer; Rose Mercier, Maverick Consulting
- CAC Staff Resource: Isabelle Cayer, Senior Coaching Consultant, Women in Coaching
Call for Abstracts: Coaching Association of Canada’s Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching
The Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching provides timely, accurate, targeted information to aid in creating a healthier and more positive environment for women coaches – in Canada and around the world. Through its Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching Editorial Board, the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) seeks new Journal submissions to enhance the effectiveness of coaching across all levels of the sport system.
Abstracts that address the topic of women in coaching, as well as other general thematic areas of interest pertaining to female coach development and education will be considered, including:
- The recruitment and retention of women coaches;
- The design, delivery, and evaluation of coach education programs;
- The fostering of professional development opportunities for women coaches;
- Best practices;
- Role models; and
- Compelling stories of women in coaching.
The Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching welcomes submission of abstracts from both new and previously published authors for Journal publications between July 2017 and July 2018.
As well as tackling pertinent issues, the Journal provides practical, hands-on, and proactive suggestions and solutions that inform coaches, their employers, the parents of their athletes, and their clubs and associations. Above all, the Journal is designed to ensure that readers develop an understanding of the unique challenges women coaches face.
Journals are published quarterly on a set calendar of April, July, October, and January. Three of the issues are 1,500 to 2,000 words long and the other is 3,000 words.
All applications should include a 100-word description of the article, and a CV of the author.
Proposals should be submitted electronically to Isabelle Cayer email@example.com by midnight, EDT, on October 20, 2016. Applications will be evaluated by the CAC’s Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching Editorial Board and applicants will be notified by December 31, 2016.
For more information, please contact Sheila Robertson, Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.