ERIC Number: ED294617
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Student-Athlete in the Classroom: Developmental Issues Affecting College Athletes and Their Impact on Academic Motivation and Performance.
Sparent, Martha E.
If college instructors are to work effectively with student-athletes, they must be aware of the career goals, identity as athletes, lifestyle, and educational attitudes of these students and develop appropriate strategies for facilitating their growth and maximizing their learning experiences. The college athletic environment, with its rigid schedule, lack of opportunity for expanded social interaction, strong emphasis on authority figures, and directive approach to leadership, encourages student-athletes to see the world in dichotomous terms of right and wrong. For the athletes, the relativistic academic world presents difficulties, since they spend much of their time in a world that overlooks or even consciously discourages ethical and intellectual development. Efforts by teachers to encourage students to see the connections between different disciplines, to look at material from a number of different perspectives, to develop self-awareness, to accept and value other opinions may be particularly threatening to student-athletes. Other areas of potential dissonance between students and teachers are conflicting perceptions of the teacher's role and preferences regarding testing. To work effectively in the academic environment, athletes must learn to transfer their existing skills for planning and goal setting into the classroom, and to seek the links between the academic and athletic worlds. (EJV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Symposium on Developmental/Remedial Education (11th, Albany, NY, April 17-19, 1988).