Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

An Examination of the Organizational Culture of a Basic Undergraduate Physical Activities Program. (Pedagogy)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

An Examination of the Organizational Culture of a Basic Undergraduate Physical Activities Program. (Pedagogy)

Article excerpt

Basic undergraduate physical activity programs (BUPAPs) play a vital role in providing undergraduates an opportunity to develop sport related skills and healthy lifestyle habits. However, the instructional ability of the graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) who instruct a significant percentage of such courses have historically been challenged by students, faculty, administrators and parents (Savage & Sharpe, 1998; Pruitt, 1996). A program's organizational culture greatly impacts the socialization and development of its members in relation to their organizational duties and responsibilities. The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of the organizational culture of a Research I institution's basic undergraduate physical activities program (BUPAP) from the viewpoint of graduate teaching assistants and affiliated institutional and departmental administrators. For the purpose of this research both qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis were utilized. Data collection included: (a ) semistructured interviews with GTAs and administrators, (b) document analysis, and (c) field observations. GTAs were administered a survey to obtain data regarding their perspectives on various aspects of the BUPAP's organizational culture. This research was framed by Tierney's (1991) organizational culture model which examines six areas of an educational program: (a) leadership, (b) information, (c) socialization, (d) environment, (e) mission, and (f) strategy. …

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