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ERIC Number: EJ1069402
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1947-380X
Change and Athletic Training
Ray, Richard
Athletic Training Education Journal, v1 n1 p2-5 Jan-Mar 2006
Dr. R. Richard Ray, Jr. is a Professor and Chair of Kinesiology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Since 1982 he has served as the Program Director for the Athletic Training Education Program at Hope College. Dr. Ray is the author of several books and over 40 articles. In this article he begins by laying a foundation for the reasons why change is so resisted by most athletic training educators. He then goes on to discuss what changes should be anticipated by athletic training educators in their professional lives. Ray presents a discussion of how he believes training educators should respond to those changes. He points the way toward five themes for change that all of those in the profession will need to accept eventually. They include changes in what is taught, how it is taught, how professionals relate to other parts of the academy, how they relate to students, and finally changes in how they relate to one another. Ray closes the discussion by saying that academic programs in athletic training, already better than at any time in our history, can only continue to get better as those practicing in the profession carefully and thoughtfully adapt to the changing environment. This manuscript is from a speech at the 2002 Educator's Conference in which Dr. Ray was named the Sayers "Bud" Miller Distinguished Educator of 2001.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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