Teacher/Coach Recruits: Background Profiles, Occupational Decision Factors, and Comparisons with Recruits into Other Physical Education Occupations

in Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
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  • | 2 University of Massachusetts–Amherst
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Within a social-systems framework, this study described teacher/coach recruits’ (TCs) personal attributes, sport-participation social situation backgrounds, being influenced by significant others on occupational choice, and other occupational decision factors. TCs were compared on these variables with recruits into other sport-related occupations (ORs). TCs and ORs shared some similar personal attributes but had different gender proportions and high school academic backgrounds. Both groups had extensive backgrounds in sport, but TCs participated more during high school and college. The two groups’ most influential significant others differed, as did their ranked lists of occupational attractors. Other occupational decision factors (age of decision, firmness of decision, career maps) were similar. These results are explained with reference to social-systems theory.

P. Dodds is at 71 Goodell St., Belchertown, MA 01007. J.H. Placek, S. Doolittle, and K.M. Pinkham are with the Dept. of Professional Preparation in Physical Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003. T.A. Ratliffe is now with the Dept. of Physical Education at Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306. P.A. Portman is now with the Dept. of Physical Education at Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306.