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The Veteran and the Novice: Investigating Teacher–Coach Role Conflict From Two Perspectives

Christopher Mellor, Karen Gaudreault, Colleen Fadale


This study examined two physical educators/coaches’ (one veteran and one induction) perceptions of their two roles. Role socialization theory (Richards, 2015) was used to determine how different roles are socially constructed and contextually bound, how individuals are socialized into their roles, and how socialization affects others’ view of the participants. Triangulation, peer debriefing, member checking, and an audit trial ensured trustworthiness. Data analysis was conducted following Merriam and Tisdell (2016). Analysis revealed three major themes: time conflicts, relationship conflicts, and the value of the role was dependent on the environmental context.

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case study; qualitative research; teacher/coach role conflict

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