Aquatics leadership as perceived by African American and European American aquatic leaders

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Ruth Ann Hood Wiesner (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Dale L. Brubaker

Abstract: The purpose of this research is to investigate aquatic leadership as perceived and interpreted by African American and European American aquatic leaders. A better understanding of the perceptions of aquatic leadership provides important insight into training and employment of aquatic leaders. The study uses naturalistic inquiry. Three in-depth interviews with four African American and four European American aquatic leaders are presented. Personal histories are reported for each of the informants; a cross-case analysis integrates the interview data and the framing questions. The interviews, personal histories, and cross-case analysis are related to the literature and discussed. The analysis of the participants' narratives identifies three factors which influenced participation in aquatic leadership. Those factors are: (a) influence of others; (b) availability of training; (c) on the job experiences. Three deterrents to participation in aquatics that were identified in the participants' narratives were: (a) the effects of stereotypes on the microculture; (b) the cost of training; and (c) the pay.

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Language: English
Date: 1995
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