Management of Sport and Physical Activity: The Case Method Approach

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Dr. Zeigler, the author of Management of Sport and Physical Activity (The Case Method Approach), is convinced that The Harvard Case Method should be used much more extensively and much more knowledgeably in sport and physical activity management in the 21st century. Using this teaching technique students read, analyzed, and then discussed real life administrative problems like those they would have to face in their future careers. The emphasis was on careful analysis and digging for facts. The instructor was very important with this approach, but he/she did not dominate the discussion or seek a predetermined goal. He/she served as (1) a resource person, (2) an evaluator of progress, (3) an informed member of the group, (4) a discussion chairperson, and (5) a summarizer.

The student will find, however, that no new supply of knowledge is included one that must be learned. Here instead is an approach to the learning of management that the prospective manager of sport and physical activity has not yet met satisfactorily to a truly significant degree. This text can be used by itself at either undergraduate or graduate levels of instruction, or it may be used as a laboratory manual in conjunction with a more traditional, knowledge-oriented text. (For example, the author's Management Theory and Practice in Physical Activity Education (Including Athletics) was published in 2010 with this in mind (also available at Trafford Publishing, Bloomington, IN.“a href="">>)

Down through the years of the twentieth century, the case method of instruction attracted favorable attention steadily and increasingly in business, law, educational administration, and the social sciences. Many who have managed programs, and who have perhaps taught the management course in the professional program, have felt the need for an improved approach to the subject at hand. Try it youself; you and your students (!) won't be disappointed.

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Biographical Sketch Earle F. Zeigler Ph.D., LL.D., D.Sc. Earle Zeigler. a dual citizen of Canada and America, has taught, researched and administered departmental programs at Yale University (1943-49), University of Connecticut (1944-1949, part- time), The University of Michigan (1956-63), University of Illinois, C- U (1963- 71), and The Univ. of Western Ontario (from 1949-56 and 1971-89). Dr. Zeigler writes primarily on North American human values, ethics, and personal decision-making. His broad areas of interest are physical activity education, sport, education, religion, management, and the future. A past president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport, he was elected hon. past president of the North American Society for Sport Management in 1986. In 1981-82, he was president of National Association of Kinesiology(formerly the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education). All together Zeigler has published 54 books and monographs and 433 articles. 18 books and monographs have been completed since the turn of the century. In 2008 he received the Recognition Award of the North American Society for Sport History. Zeigler has been recognized by the granting of the top five awards in his field (Honour Award, CAHPERD, 1975; Amer. Alliance Scholar-of-the-Year, 1977; Honor Award, AAHPERD, 1981; the Hetherington Award, American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, 1989; and Gulick Medal, AAHPERD, 1990. Zeigler has further been recognized by election to Who's Who in Canada, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World. Zeigler has received three honorary doctorates (LL.D., 1975, Univ. of Windsor, Canada, D.Sc.,1997, University of Lethbridge, Canada, and LL.D., 2008, The Univ. ofWestern Ontario, Canada). Having worked full time 25 years professionally in each country, he became the only person nominated by both Canada and the United States for original Fellow status in the No. Amer. Society for Health, Phys. Educ., Rec, Dance, and Sport Professionals.

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