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ERIC Number: EJ868427
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0560
Athletes as Students: Ensuring Positive Cognitive and Affective Outcomes
Gayles, Joy Gaston; Hu, Shouping
New Directions for Higher Education, n148 p101-107 Win 2009
Over the past decade, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has become increasingly concerned about the educational experience of student athletes, beyond enforcement of eligibility rules and regulations. Perhaps this growing interest is in response to public criticism of the poor performance--and even misconduct--associated with the intercollegiate athletic enterprise, particularly in spectator sports. In this article, after reviewing what the authors know about student learning and personal development, they draw on their own work to consider whether student athletes are participating in educationally purposeful activities outside of athletics and how such participation affects cognitive and affective outcomes for them. The authors are also interested in whether experiences differ according to background characteristics, as well as differ for those competing in spectator sports. They argue that such background characteristics have little influence on the extent to which student athletes engage in educationally purposeful activities, but such engagement has positive effects on college outcomes. Also, they believe that the influence of student engagement on college outcomes may depend on the type of sport in which the student athlete participates. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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