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Ed Christian

Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Sports Coaching

E.Christian@chi.ac.uk

Ed is a Senior Lecturer who teaches on both Physical and Adventure Education programmes in the Institute of Sport. He joined the University of Chichester in 2006 following several years working in Outdoor Education Centres and FE Colleges. Ed holds a first class undergraduate degree in Outdoor Education and a Master’s degree in the Psychology of Sport and Exercise. His research interests are in the psychology of skill acquisition and coach education.

Ed is a British Canoeing Level 4 Coach and Coach Educator/ Assessor. He is at his happiest in, or around water supporting learners and coaches develop their skills.

As the admissions tutor for PE programmes Ed has a passion for recruiting, selecting and teaching the next generation of inspirational teachers and coaches.

Professional

  • Ongoing, PhD (by publication) The development of epistemological beliefs in adventure sports coaches University of Chichester;
  • 2013, PG Cert Learning and Teaching (FHEA), University of Chichester;
  • 2009, MSc. Sport and Exercise Psychology (Distinction), University of Chichester;

Publications

  • Christian, E., Kelly, J., Hoare, J. & Piggot, L. (2020). A demographic analysis of UK Adventure Sports Coaches. Manuscript in preparation.
  • Christian, E., Hodgson, C. I., Berry, M., & Kearney, P. (2019). It’s not what, but where: how the accentuated features of the adventure sports coaching environment promote the development of sophisticated epistemic beliefs. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 1-13.
  • Christian, E. and Berry, M. (2018). The identity, epistemology and developmental experiences of high-level adventure sports coaches. Conference presentation delivered to the Plas-Y-Brenin Adventure Sports Coaching Conference. January, 2018.
  • Christian, E., Berry, M., & Kearney, P. (2017). The identity, epistemology and developmental experiences of high-level adventure sports coaches. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 17(4), 353-366.
  • Christian, E. and Berry, M. (2016). ‘Crafting knowledge’ – The learning journey of the coach. Conference presentation delivered to the British Canoeing Coaching Conference. November, 2016.
  • Christian, E. & Kearney, P. (2015). Theoretical underpinnings and their implications for the adventure sports coach. In M. Berry, J. Lomax & C. Hodgson (Eds.) Adventure Sports Coaching. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
  • Kearney, P. & Christian, E. (2015). Setting the scene: A framework for coaching practice in adventure sports.  In M. Berry, J. Lomax & C. Hodgson (Eds.) Adventure Sports Coaching. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
  • Christian, E. & Kearney, P. (2015) Coaching tools for adventure sports. In M. Berry, J. Lomax & C. Hodgson (Eds.) Adventure Sports Coaching. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
  • Kearney, P. & Christian, E. (2015). Coaching the advanced performer.  In M. Berry, J. Lomax & C. Hodgson (Eds.) Adventure Sports Coaching. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
  • Christian, E. (2011). Adventure Education and Disaffected Youth. In Berry. M & Hodgson, C (Eds.) Adventure Education: An Introduction. Routledge; London.
  • Hodgson, C.I., Christian, E. & McMorris T. (2010). Performance on the portable rod and frame test predicts variation in learning the kayak roll. Perceptual and Motor Skills. 110,2 pp. 479-487.

Research

All of my research interests relate to the acquisition and development of skill in sport; I am specifically interested in the practical application of theory and research to the benefit teachers and coaches. With a background in outdoor education and adventure sports, I have a particular interest in coaching in highly dynamic and psychologically demanding environments. I am currently involved in a series of work, which incorporates a PhD., about the nature and role of the adventure sports coach (ASC). Research suggests that ASCs hold beliefs about coaching and display coaching behaviours that are markedly different to coaches of more traditional sports. My current research concerns how these beliefs develop over time into a philosophy, and how this ultimately influences coaching behaviours and practices.

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