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The acquisition and development of fitness trainers' professional knowledge.
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PMID:  22744296     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
ABSTRACT: This study investigated the acquisition and development of fitness trainers' knowledge and how this is related to their practice as health and exercise professionals. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eleven fitness trainers, who had successfully completed a course accredited by a Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) certifying organization. Findings were organized using Coombs and Ahmed's (6) conceptual framework of formal, non-formal and informal learning, and later analyzed using Sfard's (36) metaphors of learning. Results suggested that fitness trainers learn in multiple and complex ways, many of which are informal and arise through the naturalistic processes which occur within the context of their everyday work. The study concludes that there is a need for greater integration between the current formal (REPs) accreditation system and informal knowledge developed whilst working as a fitness trainer.
Alexander T C De Lyon; Christopher J Cushion
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of strength and conditioning research / National Strength & Conditioning Association     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1533-4287     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-6-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9415084     Medline TA:  J Strength Cond Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, United Kingdom, LE11 3TU.
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