Navajo hoops and higher learning: A study of female high school basketball players and their post-secondary academic success
AuthorNemechek, Traci, 1962-
AdvisorLomawaima, K. Tsianina
MetadataShow full item record
PublisherThe University of Arizona.
RightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
AbstractThis study identifies, describes, and analyzes female Navajo participation in high school basketball and that participation's impact on the students' post-secondary academic experience. Two major hypotheses were formulated: (1) female Navajo participation in high school basketball does contribute to future post-secondary academic success (2) the basketball players' support group played a significant role in the students' future academic or athletic success. The total sample of 18 included former basketball players, former non-athletes, family members, and high school teachers and staff. My findings were: (1) the support group contributed significantly to the students' future academic and athletic success (2) the importance of Navajo cultural values and philosophy significantly impacted the students' post-secondary academic success (3) participation in basketball began as fun, but transformed into a positive learning experience that reinforced and provided structure for previously learned values from Navajo culture, family, and/or significant mentors and role models.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
American Indian Studies