“I don’t need to read, I’m gonna play football” Male Collegiate Athletes’ Perception of Reading

Suggs, Anna Kathryn (2015) “I don’t need to read, I’m gonna play football” Male Collegiate Athletes’ Perception of Reading. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Melissa Bass from Public Policy Leadership, The University of Mississippi.


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Abstract The Collegiate Athlete Perception of Reading: Male Student Athletes at The University of Mississippi (Under the Direction of Dr. Melissa Bass) My research is comprised of data collected from surveys and interviews to gain a better understanding of how college athletes, especially those from low-income backgrounds, perceive their past experience with reading. I surveyed ninety-three freshmen male athletes. I then narrowed my research to focus specifically on male freshmen athletes from all sports and football players of all years, since football has the highest percentage of athletes from low-income backgrounds. I then interviewed six student athletes on the football team. I found that whether or not a student athlete is read to as a child, enjoyed reading as a child, and continued to read and perform well throughout high school affect how they perceive their ability to read at a college level. This is evident especially when looking at the difference between low income and non low-income student athletes, freshmen football players and non-football players, and low income and non low-income football players. The lower income students are read to less, enjoy reading less, perform worse in high school-- despite how much they read-- and in turn, are more likely to feel like they are not reading at a college level than their more affluent peers.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Suggs, Anna Kathryn
Student's Degree Program(s): Public Policy Leadership
Thesis Advisor: Melissa Bass
Thesis Advisor's Department: Public Policy Leadership
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Depositing User: Ms. Anna Kathryn Suggs
Date Deposited: 07 May 2015 19:29
Last Modified: 07 May 2015 19:29
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/394

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