TitleIn-season vs. out-of-season
NameRitchie, Matthew (author), Giarelli, James M. (chair), Adamus, John W. (internal member), Bliss, James R. (outside member), Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education,
SubjectEducational Administration and Supervision,
Middle school athletes--Conduct of life,
Middle school athletes--Education (Middle school),
DescriptionThis study examined middle school student-athletes over a three year time period, and had three key purposes. Those purposes were to reveal any differences that may exist in students’ core-curricular grades, school attendance, and in-school behavior as a result of being out-of-season from a middle school sport. The study examined ninety student-athletes, and compared the mentioned data of student-athletes while they were in-season with the same data from the marking period immediately following the conclusion of their seasons of competition. The central research questions were: (1) Is there a difference in student-athletes’ core curricular grades in-season vs. out-of-season? (2) Do student-athletes have better attendance records during their season of competition? (3) Do student-athletes have better disciplinary records during their season of competition? Three main findings resulted from this study. First, middle school student-athletes obtain significantly higher core-curricular grades during their season of competition. Second, middle school student-athletes have significantly better attendance records while their sport is in-season. Finally, middle school student-athletes have significantly better disciplinary records when their sport is in-season. These findings challenge previous research (Emmons, 1994) who found no significant differences of student-athletes’ in-season vs. out-of-season core-curricular grades. This investigation also compliments the research done by Siegenthaler (2001) who found that student-athletes had significantly better attendance records during their season of competition. This study affords educators and administrators the opportunity to understand how valuable athletic participation can be in the classroom as well as on the playing field.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Matthew Ritchie
CollectionGraduate School of Education Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.