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ERIC Number: ED565975
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 164
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3036-9429-5
A Study of Pacific Islander Scholarship Football Players and Their Institutional Experience in Higher Education
Morita, Monica K.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
This study applies the theories of social and cultural capital and introduces athletic capital in order to gain an understanding of Polynesian scholarship football players and their experiences at an institution of higher education. Additionally, theories of student identity development and student-athlete development are also utilized to gain a broader perspective of this student-athlete population. The purpose of the study was to determine how social and cultural capital are linked to the experiences of Polynesian scholarship student-athletes and if athletic capital was involved. Using a qualitative approach, interviews with current student-athletes, former student-athletes, Polynesian football coaches, non-Polynesian coaches, and Polynesian community leaders, the data was collected, transcribed and then sorted by theme and relevancy to the theories used in this study. Findings from this study suggest that athletic, social and cultural capital does play a part in the experience of the Polynesian scholarship football player at this institution. Themes of respect, family and religion emerged as an integral part of the student's culture. This study gives a better understanding of the Polynesian scholarship football player and how athletic capital plays a part in the institutional experience and the decision to possibly leave for the opportunity to compete in the NFL. [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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