ERIC Number: ED058565
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Adolescent Educational Expectations and High School Interscholastic Athletics.
Rehberg, Richard A.; Schafer, Walter E.
Data from 785 male seniors from 6 urban Pennsylvania high schools are used to evaluate the relationship between post high school educational expectations and participation or non-participation in interscholastic athletic activities. A zero-order gamma of .28 indicates that educational expectations and athletic participation are positively associated. The possibility that this association is spurious is tested by statistically controlling 3 potentially confounding variables: social status, academic performance, and parental educational encouragement. A 3rd-order net partial association of .22 suggests that the association is not spurious, that the positive relationship between educational expectations and athletic participation is a result of the socialization experience of interscholastic athletics rather than of differential selection into high school sports. Further analyses indicate, however, that the positive association is not constant over the relevant control variables but that it is an interactive relationship; specifically, that the positive association is strongest for those categories of respondents "least" positive disposed toward a college education and weakest for those categories of respondents "most" positively disposed toward a college education. (Author)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Cooperative Research Program.; Oregon Univ., Eugene. Center for Advanced Study of Educational Administration.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Binghamton.; Oregon Univ., Eugene.
Note: Paper presented at American Sociological Association convention, August, 1967