Byrd, D. A., Butler, B. R., Lewis, C. W., Bonner, F. A., Rutledge, M., & Watson, J. J. (2011). Identifying New Sources of African American Male Pre-service Teachers: Creating a Path from Student-Athlete to Student-Teacher. The Journal of Negro Education, 80(3), 384 – 397.
This qualitative research study examined the experiences of one African American former college athlete and two athletic department academic advisors at a BCS Division University in the Southern Region of the United States. Given the catastrophic shortage of African American male K-12 teachers, the participants of this study were interviewed to examine the experiences of student athletes as they relate to exposure to teaching as a possible profession early in their academic career. Retrospective interviews were used. Key themes that emerged from this study were: Incorrect Advising of student-athletes, Perceptions of the Academic Structure of Teacher Education, and, Exposing Student-athletes to Possible Careers. Recommendations for practice based on the data from this study were made to generate a pathway from student-athlete to student-teacher in big-time college athletic programs.
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