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ERIC Number: ED353219
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Job Stasis: Reflections of Immobility and Resistance to Job Change among Senior Women Athletic Personnel.
Carpenter, Linda Jean; Acosta, R. Vivian
In general, intercollegiate women coaches and athletic administrators are not applying for new or better jobs. To discover their reasons and to learn more about their career experiences, questionnaires were sent to all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) senior woman administrators (SWA) who had been SWAs at their institutions for over 10 years. Of the respondents (N=174), over 43 percent have never sought a lateral or vertical job change, and over 20 percent have never contemplated a job change. The most frequently stated reason for not having changed was feeling comfortable on campus, followed by feelings that the job was challenging or rewarding. The factor that most would change about their current jobs, or convince them to change jobs, is more money. A second important factor is more authority. In response to the question about the worst aspects of their careers in coaching, answers included long hours, salary not reflective of the time/work commitment, low external rewards, and sex discrimination. Responses to questions about the best aspects included interesting variety of duties, involvement with young people, challenge, and the rewards of success. More than 99 percent of the SWAs stated that the best outweighed the worst. Representative responses to the question of why women athletic coaches and administrators fail to make job changes included: "too tired/no energy left"; "afraid to risk move"; "women have become discouraged with the lack of openness of searches"; and "family not mobile." (IAH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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