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Q&A: What are the benefits of the whole part whole methodology?

What are the benefits of the whole part whole methodology?


The question this week comes from Alan, and was submitted in the lead up to a PDP Members Webinar.

“In your experience what are the differences (pro/cons) of the whole part whole methodology. USA coach education is moving away from simple to complex, good/bad?”

Structure of the discussion

  • What is meant by whole-part-whole?
  • Benefits of it? Limitations?
  • What is meant/implied by simple and complex sessions?
  • Other session structures?
  • Planning your week/month to offer variety

Further reading

Blog: Poles Apart – Sporticus

Magazine: Jon de Souza: The Individual Approach – Jon Hoggard

Blog: Simplicity vs. Complexity: A guide to Training Session Design – James Vaughan

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  2. Answer questions. If you have anything to add or share regarding any of the questions asked, feel free to add your thoughts to the comments section below.

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