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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Evaluation of the Five Principles as Taught at Athletes in Action's Ultimate Training Camp
by Pubols, William D., D.Min., Biola University, 2018, 254; 10788912
Abstract (Summary)

Every summer, hundreds of college athletes attend The Ultimate Training Camp (UTC), at which Athletes in Action offers a curriculum entitled, The Principles of Competition (aka Five Principles). The intent is to teach a Christian perspective of sports so that athletes would learn both the philosophy and the skill of competing Christianly. Both the Principles and the camp pedagogy have been refined over several decades to become what seems to be an effective methodology, but refinement has been based on informal evaluation without access to more empirical data. The purpose of this study is to observe, measure, and evaluate the level of learning acquired by camp participants— including consideration and application of Dallas Willard’s learning framework of vision, intention, and means (VIM)—in order to better understand how the Principles are perceived, and to establish a model for future studies. An evaluative survey was developed, administered online, and responded to by over forty UTC alumni. Results revealed that certain Principles were remembered to a much greater degree than others, but overall response to the VIM model was favorable, and factored into the students’ continued Christian growth. Further evaluation led to some suggestions for possible changes in UTC methodology, and more complete data collection. Further studies in this vein are recommended.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: DeWeese, Garry
Commitee: DeWeese, Garry, Draycott, Andy
School: Biola University
Department: Talbot School of Theolgy
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Theology, Religious education, Spirituality
Keywords: Athletes in action, Christian camp, Christian sport, College, Spiritual formation, Student athlete
Publication Number: 10788912
ISBN: 978-0-355-84442-9
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