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ERIC Number: ED387452
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 21
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Diffusing of Gender Equity in Sport: Using Innovation vs. Compliance.
Brylinsky, Jody
This paper examines how treating equity conflicts in sports through an emphasis on compliance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 has actually hindered the mass adoption of gender equity in sport and proposes that applying the principles of diffusion would allow desired change to occur as an innovation and therefore be more readily accepted. The nature of such a paradigm shift is considered and support is offered for the perceived failure of the compliance approach due to violation of such theoretical principles as obtaining the understanding and support of administrators and providing real consequences for not changing behaviors. Societal reasons for the unacceptability of the compliance approach are identified, such as the need for the innovative idea to demonstrate an advantage and social support of the idea. In contrast, changing the paradigm to that of innovation is seen in terms of commonly accepted equity principles. Possible system failure points for principle-based equity are identified including: (1) failure of the innovation to offer a relative advantage over existing practices; (2) failure of communication; (3) adoption failure; and (4) failure in innovation implementation. Application of equity principles is seen as permitting adoption in discrete stages and in an empowering climate for dealing with the more difficult resource issues. (Contains 14 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Amendments 1972; Title IX Education Amendments 1972