Life after sport? Examining the transfer of life skills following withdrawal from sport

Hayball, Felicity (2013) Life after sport? Examining the transfer of life skills following withdrawal from sport. Masters thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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Researchers have found convincing data to suggest sport is a suitable environment for adolescents to develop intrapersonal and interpersonal life skills. However, as of yet, there is little evidence suggesting that young females transfer skills learnt in sport into other life domains, and whether females adolescents are able to retain the suggested life skills once they have withdrawn from sport. I sought to extend the literature on transferable skills from sport to other life domains by considering female adolescent perspectives after they have withdrawn from sport. My research was driven by three primary questions; Do the perceived benefits associated with sport continue after withdrawal? Are the perceived benefits associated with sport participation transferable across life domains? Do different sport environments cause diverse life skills to develop? Ten females aged 15 and 16 years old voluntarily attended formal semi structured interviews. Via inductive thematic analysis, three global themes emerged: 1) how skills are developed through sport 2) potential transferable skills and outcomes and 3) prevention of transferable skills. Through a qualitative methodological approach my results suggested experiential learning to be the most productive way of life skills development, and that in order for female youths to gain a range of life skills, the type, and environment of sport should vary, in particular female adolescents should be exposed to some form of competitive sport as the environment was reported by the girls to be the most conducive to life skills development, retention, and transfer. Ideas for future research conclude the study, such as, researchers may choose to explore a longer gap between participation and withdrawal, a more extensive break between the two may result in more reflection, and possible realisation of iii more life skills. Researchers could also investigate an equivalent approach with male adolescents to establish any comparisons between genders.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information: Master of Science by Research
Uncontrolled Keywords: Female sports students, transferable skills, experiential learning, skills retention post-study
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2015 16:48
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:10

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