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Learning IN Development with Mark O’Sullivan

In this podcast, Mark O'Sullivan (Head of Youth Development for under 8-12 year olds at AIK Ungdomsfotbolls) discusses his work in youth development at AIK as well as his PhD research with UK Coaching Senior Coach Developer Marianne Davies

During the conversation Mark discusses a variety of topics, including why learning is non-linear and what this means for coaching. The implications of non-linear development on athlete development frameworks, and why he wants ‘as many as possible, as long as possible in an as good environment as possible’ in the AIK youth academy.

Some key points Mark covers are:

  1. How do we learn to ask better questions?
  2. What is our understanding of the learner and the learning process?
  3. Does the notion of the nonlinearity of learning challenge many of these ages and stages models?

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