Author

Jason Mead

Publication Date

2015

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Henning, Mary Beth

Degree Name

Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

Department

Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations

LCSH

Kinesiology||Curriculum development||Educational philosophy||Mentoring in education--Research||Coach-athlete relationships--Research||High school athletes--Attitudes--Research||High school boys--Attitudes--Research||Educational leadership--Research

Abstract

This qualitative study combined the techniques of person-centered ethnography and self-study to follow four varsity boys' basketball team captains and their coach throughout a season. The focus of the study was on the leadership characteristics and leadership development of the captains and the coach, with a particular focus on the mentoring relationships between the captains and their coach. This study filled several gaps in the literature concerning athlete leadership development by providing in-depth analysis of the leadership perceptions of athletes as they encountered situations throughout a season. Among the findings of this study are that each captain found specific areas of leadership growth while noting a general trend toward leadership improvement; the captains believed there was value and guidance in the mentoring conversations they had with their coach; and the coach understood the influence of his choices and behavior on the leadership development of the captains. Additionally, the study found that the captains differentiated the methods of leadership they employed based on their perceptions of their roles and leadership skills. Also, the study includes the coach's perceptions of his ability to mentor the captains and his reasoning behind his choice of pedagogy and methodology, as well.

Comments

Advisors: Mary Beth Henning.||Committee members: Todd Gilson; Hidetada Shimizu.

Extent

284 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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