This generic qualitative study investigated the experiences of male football and basketball student-athletes entering a military college. The intent of this study was to address the gap in literature present in student-athlete experiences at a unique college environment, like a military college. Criterion sampling was used to gain rich data from male football and basketball student-athletes of various ages that could accurately reflect on their experiences attending a military college. Fully structured interviews were completed with each participant. Findings revealed 3 key themes that attributed to the experiences attending their first year at a military college: Theme 1: Academic Self-Efficacy; Theme 2: Social Acceptance; and Theme 3: Emotional Responses. There were also 11 associated patterns to support each key theme. Identifying these themes could be helpful in orienting future student-athletes to having a successful transition.
|Commitee:||Sukal, Marlon, Wowra, Scott|
|Department:||Social and Behavioral Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Gender studies, Higher education, Military studies|
|Keywords:||Basketball, Football, Military colleges, Student athletes, Transition|
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