The problem addressed in this qualitative study was that student-athletes’ negative perceptions of academic support programs are associated with nonparticipation in the programs and may negatively impact student-athletes’ academic success. This is a relevant problem that needs to be addressed at the secondary level as the majority of research on student-athletes is focused on the post-secondary level and was conducted as quantitative research. Secondary level student-athletes are at risk due to increased stress as a result of the struggle between their dual roles as high school students and athletes, increased academic rigor, and other variable factors. The purpose of this qualitative research study was to explore student-athlete perceptions of academic support programs based on the perception of high school football athletes. These results of the study can clarify the elements of an academic support program that is most relevant and effective for high school football student-athletes. The results of this qualitative study may be utilized by educational institutions and stakeholders to improve and develop more effective and efficient academic support programs to better support student-athletes. This research was conducted using a questionnaire including open-ended questions and in-depth, semi-structured interviews. The participants for this study were interviewed regarding their perception of the academic support programs available to them. The participants for this study included high school student-athletes from an annual football camp comprised of football athletes from the southeastern Florida region. Participation was voluntary, confidential, and permitted recording. The data gathered from the interviews was analyzed and coded the data for themes using the qualitative software package Nvivo. Saturation was found with each research question with themes such as time management, motivations, scheduling, and guidance. These emerging themes align with previous research. Future research exploring academic support services for student-athletes should aim to further research into school districts of varying sizes and scope, include athletic and academic personnel, and increase the sample size.
|Commitee:||Weischadle, David , Vance, Joanna|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/5(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Education Policy, Secondary education|
|Keywords:||Academic support, Academic support programs, Athlete support, Education, High school athlete, High school athlete support|
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