Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Historians of 19th Century Baseball: Exploring Their Experiences Regarding Their Avocation
by Berstler, Wade, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2016, 147; 10300320
Abstract (Summary)

The following document offers a qualitative case study in the field of adult and community education from an educational leadership perspective using baseball as an adult learning tool. Relevant existing theories (adult education, lifelong learning, adult learners, and certain leadership practices) for successful facilitation of historical baseball research were examined. The study focused on a purposeful sample population upon which a pilot study was conducted, revealing the experiences of adult self-directed learners who produce the seminal work in their field as an avocation. The findings of this study included, but are not limited to, the passionate approach the study group members have for their subject matter, their love of learning, and the self-directedness of nonformally trained research historians using baseball as an adult learning tool. The findings also revealed the group members belief in the academic worthiness of baseball history, and their willingness to share their work with others to advance the field.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bryan, Valerie
School: Florida Atlantic University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 78/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Adult education
Keywords: Baseball history, Research historians, Self-directed learning
Publication Number: 10300320
ISBN: 978-1-369-42359-4
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