ERIC Number: ED426430
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
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Breaking into the World of Coaching: The Graduate Student Coach.
Zeidler, Tom; Kirch, Michael W.
A pilot study examined whether there is a "caste system" within the forensics community; what graduate students, faculty coaches, and tournament administrators can do to foster a sense of community and break down the caste system; and the role that formal and informal mentoring can play in this process. A survey was completed by 17 graduate students. Results indicated that a caste system does indeed exist in the coaching community. Findings suggest that students revealed several factors they believe to designate rank among coaches. These factors are team success, personal experience, friendliness, networking, and ethics. Students' suggestions for coaches included increasing social behavior, including graduate students in administrative activities and decisions, and promoting district relationships. Mentoring can include not only a close dyadic relationship between an older teacher and a younger student, but also peer mentoring. (Contains 11 references and a table consisting of the survey instrument and data.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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