ERIC Number: EJ1126117
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Mentorship of Black Student-Athletes at a Predominately White American University: Critical Race Theory Perspective on Student-Athlete Development
Bimper, Albert Y., Jr.
Sport, Education and Society, v22 n2 p175-193 2017
Mentoring programs are evolving as common practice in athletic departments across national collegiate athletic association member institutions in the USA as means to address sociocultural issues faced by their student-athletes and to enhance their holistic development. There is a dearth of research exploring mentoring in the contexts of intercollegiate student-athlete development with consideration of the role of race and racism. Drawing upon the framework and analytical lens of critical race theory, this qualitative case study investigates a student-athlete mentoring program at an American institution of higher education to illuminate how black student-athletes (N = 15) make sense of the role of race and racism in their lived experiences. Data analysis revealed two emergent themes identified as (1) navigating privilege and property interests and (2) advocacy. The findings suggest the case of student-athletes was challenged and encouraged by their mentors as well as through discussion with others in the mentoring program to critically consider the presence and impacts of Whiteness, to elevate their sociocultural consciousness of how race manifested in their experiences, develop their social capital and become greater self-advocates. Additionally, an interesting finding in this study was how social capital and educational resources were framed as entitled rights to black student-athletes. Implications from this research are expected to contribute to scholars' critical understandings of black student-athlete mentoring and improve practitioners' programmatic and curricula design of future student-athlete mentoring programs.
Descriptors: Mentors, African American Students, College Athletics, Athletes, Racial Bias, Critical Theory, Race, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Student Experience, Social Bias, Advocacy, Whites, Consciousness Raising, Social Capital, Semi Structured Interviews, Observation, Diaries, Phenomenology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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