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ERIC Number: ED295904
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 91
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
College Student-Athletes: What the Popular and Professional Literature Report.
Whitner, Phillip A.
This research report on the academic achievements of student-athletes at the college level opens with an historical overview that provides background information on competitive sports and games. The question of amateurism and professionalism is discussed, and a synopsis is presented of the two major revenue-producing college sports, football and basketball. The evolution of the academic image of the college student-athlete is reflected in the increasing emphasis upon the money-making potential of these sports for institutions of higher education. A sample is offered of the popular literature regarding these sports. This includes written works that may have no scientific foundations or underpinning and are often highly opinionated (e.g., newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, brochures). A review of professional literature contains research studies and dissertations that are relevant to the study of the academic achievements of student-athletes. A brief analysis of the commercialization of college football discusses how this contributes, directly or indirectly, to the health of the larger social system. Over 200 references are included. (JD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A