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ERIC Number: ED564534
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 140
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3036-1431-6
The Socialization of First-Time Athletic Training Education Program Directors
Viesselman, Christopher
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northeastern University
Starting in 2004 athletic training students had to graduate from accredited athletic training education programs to become certified. Institutions had to accredit their athletic training education programs to continue offering students the opportunity to become certified. These institutions needed to transition current employees or hire new individuals to fill the role of program director to meet requirements of accreditation. This research study examined the transition of individuals from athletic training professional to first time program director in an athletic training education program at the undergraduate level. Nine program directors were interviewed to understand their transition and socialization into their new roles and responsibilities. The data from the participants were analyzed through interpretative phenomenological analysis and four common socialization experiences emerged: understanding perceived interest and actual position, experience of learning new role and responsibilities at the institution, experience of learning new role and responsibilities within the profession, and support during transition. The program directors transitioned with diverse experience and understanding of responsibilities in the institutional and professional roles. However, they all experienced socialization in both institutional and professional areas. The main difficulty at each institution was socializing into their roles within faculty governance. The program directors also experienced difficulty adjusting to the accreditation responsibilities of their new professional roles. All of the program directors assembled a support network at the institution and within the profession, which was vital to facilitate their transition and socialization. This study is a new view point to understand the first-hand experiences of individuals becoming socialized into program director position in athletic training education. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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