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Teacher perception of the academic achievement of athletes at Menomonie High School

by Olson, Craig A.

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Author: Olson, Craig A. Title: Teacher Perception of the Academic Achievement of Athletes at Menomonie High school Graduate Degree1 Major: MS Education Research Adviser: Dr. Steve Terry Month~Year: July, 2006 Number of Pages: 47 Style Manual Used: American Psychological Association, 5thedition The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of teachers at Menomonie High School regarding the academic achievement of athletes. A review of the literature indicates that athletes have better grades and standardized test scores than non-athletes. Researchers have attempted to explain this discrepancy since it was first noted. Three models (developmental, social capital and leading crowd) have been developed by researchers which attempt to explain the academic achievement of athletes. The survey was developed by the researcher based on the current literature and the three prevailing models. Data was collected through a voluntary survey given to teachers at Menomonie High School, a medium-sized school located in Northwestern Wisconsin. Surveys were administered in written form using a 5 point Likert scale, a free response question and a multiple choice question. Each survey contained 13 questions. The sample population was divided into two sub-populations to determine if coaches and non- ... 111 coaches have different perceptions regarding the academic achievement of athletes. The data collected was analyzed using mean and standard deviation for the entire sample population. The sample population was then divided into two sub-populations (coaches and non-coaches). Each sub-population was analyzed using mean and standard deviation. A one-tailed Student's t-test was used to determine significance in differences between the two sub-populations. The results of the survey show that coaches at Menomonie High School significantly favor the developmental model while non-coaching teachers slightly favor the leading crowd model. Both groups dismiss the notion that minimum GPA requirements cause athletes to outperform non-athletes academically. Also, both groups do not recognize a teacher-bias as reason for improved academic performance. Finally, both groups do not recognize the social capital model as being significant. The Graduate School University of Wisconsin Stout Menomonie, WI
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School:University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

School Location:USA - Wisconsin

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:academic achievement high school athletes wisconsin

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