Using Appreciative Inquiry to Create High- Impact Coach Learning: Insights from a decade of applied research


Social Learning Theory aims for individual and collective learning and ‘the principles and processes that AI theorists propose lead to positive organisational transformation’. This paper explores how SLT can be used to enhance sport coaching practice, framed within the four-step AI model (the 4D model): Discovery, Dream, Design and Destiny.


Author: Rachael Bertram

Rachael Bertram holds a Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology and a Ph.D. in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa. She has many years of sport experience as an athlete, coach and researcher. She consults with sport organisations and businesses on the creation of development programs and the supervision of coaches. Contact:

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Author: Diane Culver

Diane Culver, an associate professor at the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, was a senior coaching consultant for the Coaching Association of Canada. Her research interests include coaching and coach development, social learning theory, qualitative research methods and developing social learning leadership skills to build learning capability in sport networks. Contact:

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Author: Wade Gilbert

Dr. Wade Gilbert is an award-winning professor in the Kinesiology Department at California State University, Fresno, California. Gilbert has more than 20 years of conducting applied research and consulting with coaches at all levels. Widely published, he is currently editor-in-chief of the International Sport Coaching Journal. Contact:

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