Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Coaching: A Significant Career Step for Women Entering the Professoriate. (Pedagogy)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Coaching: A Significant Career Step for Women Entering the Professoriate. (Pedagogy)

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This paper details coaching experiences of women sport pedagogy academics. While numerous studies of coach socialization exist (e.g., Segrave, 1981; Chu, 1983; Sage, 1989, 1995),few have included women at all and none have addressed the experiences of women exclusively. In a larger study of women's socialization into the professoriate, coaching was found to be a significant career step for many. This paper provides details of their experiences as coaches at secondary and collegiate levels. Participants were 54 women sport pedagogy professors (assistants, associates, and full professors) from all classifications of Carnegie institutions who had published or presented research papers in the past five years. Data were collected via 2-4 hr interviews, audiotaped and transcribed verbatim, about the life/career history of the participant (Arksey & Knight, 1999; Kvale, 1996; Rubin & Rubin, 1995). Participants were asked to recall important and salient events, people, and circumstances from early childhood through ad olescence, aspects of their formal and informal education and work history, and key relationships and experiences in and outside work. Participants' curriculum vitae, "rainbow of life roles" (Super, 1980), and career timeline (Lambdin, 1986) constituted additional data sources. Completed copies of interview transcripts were returned to participants for individual member checking. …

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