Psychology of team performance
Run by School of Human and Behavioural Sciences
10.000 Credits or 5.000 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr James Hardy
Overall aims and purpose
Coachs traditionally spend a lot of time and effort developing individual talent levels in their squads. An important feature that can be as, if not more relevant, is the development of the effective teams and teamwork. This is particulary the case for interactive sports teams (such as football, rugby etc). In fact, the teambuilding business is a multimultiple million pound industry. In this module we will look at some the prominent factors that contribute towards the development of effective sports teams.
Learners will understand theories, research literature, and the application of research to real-life situations relevant to the following issues:
- team cohesion
- team building
60%> Will have demonstrated a good ability to analyse and interpret research literature. Will also have a good and perhaps glimpses of critical understanding of theories covered within the module as well as a good ability to develop evidence-based psychological interventions. Good communication / presentation skills demonstrated.
50%> Will have demonstrated a some ability to analyse and interpret research literature. Will also have some understanding of theories covered within the module as well as some ability to develop evidence-based psychological interventions. Reasonable communication / presentation skills demonstrated.
70%> Will have demonstrated an excellent ability to analyse and interpret research literature. Will also have an excellent and critical understanding of theories covered within the module as well as a strong ability to develop evidence-based psychological interventions. Excellent communication / presentation skills demonstrated.
To demonstrate critical understanding of relevant theory / frameworks
To demonstrate critical application of research to the "real world" context
To evidence awareness of measurement issues
|REPORT||Applied executive report||
An executive report (NOT a traditional scholarly essay!) for a performance director, head coach, or national lead. Students are tasked with identifying one aspect of group dynamics/teamwork pivotal for success in a chosen sport. This should be accompanied by a critique of relevant literature appraising. This appraisal of literature ought to provide a platform from which to propose justifiable practical advice/guidance and suggestions for intervening to “improve” your chosen pivotal aspect. Subsequently you will also need to offer such concrete practical guidance (i.e., applied implications/interventions) to the performance director etc.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Live interactive workshop session 2 x 2hrs
Pre-recorded 10 x 2 hour online lectures
Literature searching, reading, critical thinking and planning, assignment write up
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
Subject specific skills
- research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts and factual information, and apply such skills in explaining and solving problems
- plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent intellectual work, which provides evidence of critical engagement with, and interpretation of, appropriate data
- demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication and presentation skills
- work effectively independently and with others
- communicate succinctly at a level appropriate to different audiences.
- develop justifiable and/or evidence-based interventions
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/jxh-4106.html
Carron, A. V., Colman, M. M., Wheeler, J., & Stevens, D. (2002). Cohesion and performance in sport: A meta analysis. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 24, 168-188.
Hardy, L., Arthur, C. A., Jones, G., Shariff, A., Munnoch, K., Isaacs, I., & Allsopp, A. J. (2010). The relationship between transformational leadership behaviors, psychological, and training outcomes in elite military recruits. The Leadership Quarterly, 21, 20-32. doi: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2009.10.002
Martin, L. J., Carron, A. V., & Burke, S. M. (2009). Team building interventions in sport: A meta analysis. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 5, 3-18.
McEwan D. & Beauchamp, M. R. (2014). Teamwork in sport: a theoretical and integrative review, International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 7, 229-250. DOI: 10.1080/1750984X.2014.932423
Webster, L., Hardy, J. & Hardy, L. (2017). Big hitters: Important factors characterizing team effectiveness in professional cricket. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1140. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01140