Students Perceptions of Learning Outcomes, Post-School Options and Status in Two Elite Athlete Programmes

Year: 2011

Author: Brown, Seth, Butler, Philippa, Jarden Osborne, Ra

Type of paper: Refereed paper

The purpose of this study is to identify who participates in elite athlete programmes (EAPs), student athlete selection of EAPs and perceptions of physical skill improvement, being a good sportsperson, enjoyment, post-school options, and programme status. Research exploring EAPs has mushroomed since the 1990s. Much of this literature focuses on coach development or coach education and the identification of gifted and talented athletes. Less frequently studies investigate the perceptions of elite athletes' learning, enjoyment, physical skill improvement and post-school options in the talent development environment. A small survey from a New Zealand pilot study on student participation was used for two purposefully selected case sites. Non-parametric statistical tests were used to test for differences within and between the two case sites. Results indicated that the talent development environment exerts a small effect on student athletes' perceptions of physical skill improvement and that these influences need to be considered by EAPs interested in student athlete success.