Towards the construction of an educational model for dual career parenting: the EMPATIA project

Capranica Laura*, MacDonncha Ciaran, Blondel Laurence, Bozzano Enrico, Burlot Fabrice, Costa Rute, Debois Nadine, Delon Dominique, Figueiredo Antonio, Foerster Joerg, Gjaka Masar, Goncalves Carlos, Guidotti Flavia, Lavallee David, Pesce Caterina, Pisl Andrej, Rheinisch Eoin, Rolo Ana, Rozman Sara, Ryan GaryTemplet Anne, Tessitore Antonio, Varga Kinga, Warrington Giles, Doupona Topic Mojca

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The European Union supports innovative transnational cooperation and practices between Member States on relevant issues in the field of sports, including a balanced combination of higher education and sporting careers of talented and elite athletes (dual career). Ten European academic and sport institutions aimed to construct an educational programme for parents supporting the dual career of their elite athletes. The innovative methodological approach to the co-construction of a parent education based on evidence and eminence of the actual needs of parents in relation to the age, sex, sport typology, competition and academic levels of student-athletes is described. Finally, the potentially far-reaching effects of digital technologies on adult learning and the innovative aspects of a multi-lingual and demand-driven dual career parenting education are envisaged.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-30
Number of pages12
JournalKinesiologia Slovenica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2018


  • Dual career
  • Evidence
  • Eminence
  • Parenting education


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