ERIC Number: ED253497
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Playing Varsity Soccer: Gender Differences among High School Students.
Borman, Kathryn M; Kurdek, Lawrence A.
Male and female students competing on varsity soccer teams in two public high schools, one an elite college preparatory school, the other a suburban school, were found to place differing emphasis on interpersonal, competitive, and athletic dimensions of play. In this project 65 students (36 males and 29 females) were asked to respond to measures about motivation to play soccer, soccer knowledge, school climate, empathy, occupational interests, and parent childrearing strategies. Players were also observed during games. Responses were analyzed using multivariate analysis. School and grade differences were overshowed by gender variation in almost all factors considered. Girls value interpersonal and athletic dimensions of their varsity soccer activity, as well as cooperation and personal enrichment. Girls also had a greater comprehension of regulations and strategies. Boys valued getting good grades more than girls and were more likely to see the link between competitive sports and future achievement. (IS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (Denver, CO, November 14-18, 1984).