Sports in the Lives of Children and Adolescents: Success on the Field and in Life

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998 - Family & Relationships - 158 pages
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After being questioned by a parent about how sports affects children, Griffin examined the impact of sports on children and reflected upon his own experiences with sports. What effect does sports have on work habits, social skills, confidence, independence, and aspirations? Does a sports experience provide the foundation for achievement in school and later life? Is competition good or harmful? What about the effects of sports involvement on girls? What are the characteristics of good athletes? How can parents help their children be successful in sports?

Griffin shares with parents and other readers his investigations of the published research pertaining to these questions and offers his own experiences and analyses. He asserts that sports is best assessed as it relates to the central issues children and adolescents confront while growing up—the agenda of the childhood, as he calls it. Griffin's explorations lead him to an examination of schools, professional sports, race and class, and the popular media as they affect children's interest and involvement in sports. He also investigates the phenomena of achievement (not just in sports) and good parenting.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Sports and Growing Up
17
Sports and Academics
41
Does Sports Build Character?
55
Why Is Sports So Central in Schools?
69
Girls in Sports
77
Social Class Race and Sports
95
What Makes Athletes Successful?
105
Parenting a Child in Sports
125
Notes
147
Further Reading
155
Index
157
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ROBERT S. GRIFFIN is Professor in the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont. His writings have been published in the Harvard Educational Review, Educational Theory, Teachers College Record, and Education Digest. He is the author of two previous books on the education of adolescents.

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