Title

A comparative study of Olympic athlete cultivation systems in the People's Republic of China and the United States of America.

Date of Award

2005

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

Keywords

Education, Physical.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Historical and sociological studies have revealed the disparities of sport among different countries. This study uses Bereday's (1964) model for comparative education to explore the differences in the Olympic athlete cultivation between the People's Republic of China and the United States of America. Treating the process of athlete cultivation as a dynamic system, this study offers general descriptions of athlete cultivation in both countries; evaluates the backgrounds of the two countries from historical, political, economic, social, and cultural perspectives; identifies the most significant components of athlete cultivation; and finally explores the similarities and differences. The discussion focuses on the studies of backgrounds, which are the causes of the current differences. Particularly, the study gives attention to the juxtaposition of a set of components that are shared by both countries related to their athlete cultivation. In all, the comparison identifies the differences that are determined by the respective background of each country and the tendency to adopt a similar cultivation system under the influence of globalization. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2004 .Z535. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-01, page: 0063. Thesis (M.H.K.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2005.