Welsh lecturer to present on ethics of sport coaching

August 23, 2011

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Alun R. Hardman will be the featured speaker for the first Penn State Lehigh Valley Faculty Lecture Series event of the fall semester at 1 p.m. on Sept. 7, in room 135 at the campus in Center Valley.

Hardman, senior lecturer in sports development at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Wales, will present "Practical Wisdom and the Ethics of Sport Coaching." The event is free and open to the public.

During the presentation, Hardman will challenge the view that, despite the increasing sophistication of our understanding of the player-sport-coach relationship, the dominant perspective of the sports coach is still an instrumental one, focused almost exclusively on performance, achievement and competitive success. Hardman argues that the coaching process is an inherently moral one with an inescapably ethical dimension, involving intense relationships between players and coaches. He critically examines this moral aspect, develops an idea of what sports coaching ought to be, and argues that coaches must be aware of the ethical implications of their acts.

Alun R. Hardman is senior lecturer and discipline director in the socio-cultural aspects of sport at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. His academic focus is on the philosophy of sport and physical education, with particular interests in the area of applied sports ethics and how change and its moral implications impact upon sporting practices and their communities. Hardman's undergraduate degrees were conferred by the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. He received a master's degree in human performance and sports studies from the University of Tennessee, and a doctorate in exercise and sport sciences from Penn State.

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