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Learning and Being in Sport: A Phenomenological Investigation

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 Coordinator Country Finland [FI]
 Total cost 179˙325 €
 EC max contribution 179˙325 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2017
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-03-01   to  2021-02-28


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    JYVASKYLAN YLIOPISTO FI (JYVASKYLA) coordinator 179˙325.00


 Project objective

Although sport is habitually promoted as an important context for positive youth development and learning, there is a lack of understanding of what learning in sport is and how it shapes and is shaped by the learner’s identity, values, and socio-cultural situatedness. Using an existential-phenomenological approach, we theorise and explore student-athletes’ learning experiences in sport, providing knowledge that is radically innovative and helps to validate experiential learning in sport. The study responds to European Union initiatives to safeguard the development of talented youth athletes and validation of informal and non-formal learning.

Eighteen Finnish student-athletes (10 women) aged 18-19 will participate in hermeneutic interviews focused on clarifying meaning in their learning experiences in sport. Drawing on Structural Existential Analysis, we seek to uncover the essential – yet always situated – structures of athletes’ learning experiences. We also explore gender dimension of learning and sporting experiences. Based on the findings, we will propose a framework for further research and provide recommendations for policy and practice. The findings will be valuable for educational institutions and dual career service providers, as well as sport coaches and student-athletes to support athletes’ future employability and transition into the labour market.

The existential-phenomenological perspective offers a novel methodological approach and our study involves a truly interdisciplinary research team (developmental and cultural psychology, existential philosophy, and phenomenological sociology). The project offers training for the experienced researcher in research and transferable skills as well as gender issues, and knowledge transfer through secondment, research visits, and seminars. The project provides the experienced researcher with the possibility to reinforce a position of professional maturity and become a research leader in the subject area.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Noora J. Ronkainen, Tatiana V. Ryba, Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson, & Kenneth Aggerholm
Learning not to be perfect: Female student-athletes’ pathways to self-care
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“Tackling discrimination – visions of gender equality in sport” 12th Annual Meeting – Transnational Scholars for the Study of Gender and Sport 28.11.2019 2020-02-05
2020 Noora J. Ronkainen, Kenneth Aggerholm, Tatiana V. Ryba, Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson
Learning in sport: from life skills to existential learning
published pages: 1-14, ISSN: 1357-3322, DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2020.1712655
Sport, Education and Society 2020-02-05
2019 Ronkainen, Noora, Ryba, Tatiana V. and Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn
Existential learning and adolescent identity: Finding meaning through boundary situations
published pages: 70, ISSN: , DOI:
IMEC International Meaning Conference 2019-09-20

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