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ERIC Number: EJ978106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1947-380X
Academic Freedom in Athletic Training Education: Food for Thought
Payne, Ellen K.; Berry, David C.; Lowry, John E.
Athletic Training Education Journal, v7 n1 p40-44 Jan-Mar 2012
Academic freedom is defined as the "freedom of the individual scholar to pursue truth wherever it leads, without fear of punishment or of termination of employment for having offended some political, methodological, religious, or social orthodoxy." Currently there is paucity of literature addressing the issue of academic freedom specific to athletic training education programs. As with other topic areas in athletic training, examining research and commentaries from similar allied healthcare fields such as nursing and physical therapy may be useful in introducing the topic, offering insight for professional discussion(s) and stimulating future research in the area. This article reviews the historical contexts of academic freedom, examines the current literature related to academic freedom in other allied healthcare professions, and provides recommendations for how to approach academic freedom in athletic training education programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A