Opinion Piece: Non-Linear Pedagogy and Constraints Led Approach

Opinion Piece: Non-Linear Pedagogy and Constraints Led Approach

After researching coaching theories in the last few blog posts, I’ve decided to come up with my opinions on them. I do not pretend to be an expert in coaching or theories, but here are my thoughts based on the research carried out and my experience coaching.

Recap on the Coaching Theories

At the start, I had three theories to look into, Non-Linear Pedagogy, Constraints Led Approach and Skill Acquisition. As I looked deeper into these, the more it came to my attention that they are intertwined. I won’t go in depth about them, but the theoretical basis of both Non-Linear Pedagogy and Constraints Led Approach seem reasonable.

Potentially oversimplifying them. Non-Linear Pedagogy states development isn’t a straight progression from one stage to the next and and we are all restricted by ourselves, our environment and the task we want to accomplish. The Constraints Led Approach follows from the final part of that sentence, as the restrictions we are under will influence our behaviour.

Criticisms of Non-Linear Pedagogy and Constraints Led Approach

Looking at the criticisms of this approach from various sources, there are usually three common critiques.

  1. Constraints Led Approach is a “hands-off” approach to coaching and learner’s are required to simply “figure it out for themselves”.
  2. You need a deep understanding of Ecological Dynamics to implement this successfully, therefore only a minority can do it.
  3. There is little evidence to show this approach works.

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