ERIC Number: ED416737
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Using Noncognitive Variables with Freshmen Athletes.
Eiche, Keith; Sedlacek, William; Adams-Gaston, Javaune
This study used Sedlacek's (1993) noncognitive variables of student success as a framework for describing student-athletes at a university. Sedlacek's variables include positive self-concept, realistic self-appraisal, ability to understand and deal with racism, emphasis of long-term over short-term needs, having a strong support person, successful leadership experience, community involvement, and knowledge acquired in a field. A total of 73 freshmen athletes at a large mid-Atlantic research university completed a 29-item questionnaire covering these variables. The study found that the student-athletes scored highest on realistic self-appraisal and leadership and lowest on long-term goals and the ability to understand and deal with racism. Three of the variables (successful leadership experience, community involvement, and knowledge acquired in a field) were found to be moderately correlated with grade point average. The results are discussed in regard to effective teaching and advising methods for use with this student population. (Contains 13 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.