Coaching by problem solving (convergent discovery): Style G

Shane Pill, Brendan SueSee, Joss Rankin, Mitch Hewitt

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When Coaching by Problem Solving, the coach’s role is to make the decision about the concept to be discovered. The coach designs a problem or question that requires the players to come up with the questions and their own sequence to converge on an answer. Convergent thinking is the ability to find the ideal solution to the problem. It represents a style of thinking that allows coaches to develop with players’ solutions to clearly defined problems. Game-based coaching approaches have been described as examples of problem-based learning. Coaching by Problem Solving presented as a problem-based learning task requires a coach to guide the learning process by allowing the player/s self-directed practice interspersed with discussion with the coach to refine understanding. Outdoor and adventure education lends itself to problem-based learning because the ‘problem’ faced often has elements of unpredictability that require participants to apply a set of principles to a situation to overcome the challenge
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Spectrum of Sport Coaching Styles
EditorsShane Pill, Brendan SueSee, Joss Rankin, Mitch Hewitt
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-04144-3
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-48522-1, 978-0-367-48518-4
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Education
  • Physical education
  • Coaching


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