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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Anderson, Cynthia D.
URN etd-02132009-170921
Title Occupational resegregation and coaching philosophy in women's basketball :an exploratory study
Degree Master of Science
Department Sociology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bailey, Carol A. Committee Chair
Calasanti, Toni M. Committee Chair
Wardell, Mark L. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Sex role in the work environment
Date of Defense 1990-04-20
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Abstract

This thesis contributes to the study of occupational sex segregation, a major source of societal inequality. A dramatic shift toward desegregation of the coaching profession in women's basketball has occurred since the early 1970s. The major research question is whether or not the structural shift from female domination to male domination is associated with the adoption of a coaching philosophy that follows a "corporate" model, representative of traditional men's basketball, rather than a "relational" model, indicative of traditional women's basketball. Content analyses were undertaken of media articles which discussed male and female coaches of women's basketball teams. Four key dimensions of coaching philosophy were operationalized: technical values, hierarchical relations, democratic relations, and personal-social development ethos. Comparisons were made between the coaching philosophies of female and male coaches, as well as differences between NCAA Division I, II and III coaches.

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