Student Athletes 's Academic Self Concept And Academic Identity

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The study sought to address and understand how the “dumb-jock” stereotype influences a student’s academic self-concept and academic identity. Student-athletes have multiple identities while in college which can be influenced by stereotype threat. Academic identity and athletic identity both heavily influence a student’s self-perception. The researchers surveyed collegiate athletes across gender, race, ethnicity, athletic division, and sport about their experiences as student-athletes at their respective institutions. The authors presented data they collected to understand students’ experiences of stereotype threat, examined implications of the findings, and gave recommendations for how to best support student-athletes while reducing…show more content…
The assessment created was a survey collecting self-reported data from students who received an electronic questionnaire and elected to respond. The Structural Equation Model seems appropriate for assessing the relationships between variables selected as it relates to athletic identity, academic identity, and coaches’ perspectives.
Colleges and universities were chosen to participate in the study based on connections and recommendations from experts working with athletes in higher education as well as through, snowball references and cold-calls. After going through the Institutional Review Board, internal contacts provided the survey to student-athletes using existing listservs. This approach gave students the option to opt out of the survey. The rate of return for the survey was 18.32% which was less than 1/5th of the students contacted. This approach to collecting data did not result in a high enough rate of return to accurately represent subpopulations of student-athletes, who likely opted out of the study because of its’ focus on educational experiences. The snowball approach to collecting data is not representative of students, colleges, or universities. Most of the respondents are considered low-profile sport participants. 64% of the respondents were women. 91% of all
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