Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

First-Year Experiences of Male Student-Athletes at a Military College: A Generic Qualitative Study
by Pauling, Lezshell A., Ph.D., Capella University, 2017, 132; 10285635
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Doogan, Mike
Commitee: Sukal, Marlon, Wowra, Scott
School: Capella University
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
Publication Number: 10285635
ISBN: 978-1-369-82256-4
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