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ERIC Number: ED404607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
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Student Perceptions of the Intercollegiate Athletic Program at a Community College.
Berson, Judith S.
The importance of co-curricular experiences is leading to an increased scrutiny of student development functions. This ethnographic-interview study examines the effect of participation in intercollegiate athletics on students' academic success. The setting for the research was a large community college. Fourteen current and two former student athletes on a women's softball team, along with their coach, were interviewed. Respondents were asked a series of open-ended questions designed to elicit in-depth answers. During initial interviews the subjects mentioned a variety of factors that they attributed to their academic success. Patterns began to emerge and these themes were further explored in one-on-one interviews. Interviewees expressed a high level of commitment and enthusiasm for their sport, their teammates, and the athletic program. Current players attributed their continuation in college to their membership on the team and named such factors as full-time attendance requirements as being partly responsible for their persistence. Although no one overriding factor influenced the academic success of the student athletes, the study confirmed retention literature which argues that the stronger the relationship between the student and the institution, the greater the likelihood of course completion. Contains 24 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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