This blog recommends six really useful books on coaching and learning (subsequent blogs will look at motivation, and other areas of interest to coaches and teachers). I'd love to hear your thoughts about them, and any suggestions of your own, via the wonderful world that is Twitter - @DrDickB.
“The more that you read,the more things you will know.The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”(Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!)
The most authoritative book on the subject. Covers a wide range of subjects in and accessible way.
Bransford, J.D. Brown, A. L., & Cocking, R. R. (2000). How People Learn. Washington, DC: National Academy Press
Quite technical in parts, a bit old, and long, but this is the best single-volume guide that explains the science of learning.
A memoir of someone who didn’t ‘get’ sport! Very funny, but also revealing for those of us take the joy of sport for granted.
Medina, J. (2010) Brain Rules: 12 principles for surviving and thriving at work, home, and school. Seattle, WA: Pear Press.
A well-written and engaging book on the brain and learning (and some other things). Much less awful than most books on the brain!
An excellent book on motivation, with ideas that can be immediately applied to coaching and teaching.Physical Education for Learning: a guide for secondary schools. London: Continuum.
A wide-ranging and comprehensive book, focusing on the support of learning in physical education and sport.