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ERIC Number: ED341108
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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The Ex-Director as a Forensics Administrator.
Littlefield, Robert S.
When directors of forensics stop coaching and travelling with their teams, they often seek other roles to enable them to continue their affiliation with forensic activities. A closer look at five commonly held assumptions about the motivation of ex-directors shows that: (1) after active coaching ends, ex-directors do take on different roles in forensics; (2) ex-directors usually want to maintain contact with forensics; (3) directors cannot perform all tasks as effectively as they would like, so they often wait until after active coaching to pursue different roles; (4) forensic administration is actually not different after active coaching ends; and (5) active coaching is often the "villain" forcing directors out of the activity. There are benefits in having the "non-travelling" director function as an administrator. Ex-directors can assist the coach by assuming responsibility for planning, organizing, leading, and controlling the program, and for increasing support for forensics among other faculty. Forensics suffers significantly when forensics directors, with their years of experience, disappear from the activity after active coaching ends. Directors being able to continue involvement without travelling or coaching offers three benefits to the activity: delegating management to ex-directors allows more time for coaches to work with students; programs could enjoy institutional stability by having a liaison; and additional support for the program could be garnered through regular contacts with representatives from the business and professional community. (PRA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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