Title page for ETD etd-03312010-113403

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Smith, Troy Scott
Author's Email Address troysmith4jesuschrist@gmail.com
URN etd-03312010-113403
Title Exploratory Study of Participants' Perceptions of the Benefits of Surf Camps
Degree PhD
Department Education Curriculum and Instruction
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Stratton, Richard K. Committee Chair
Herndon, Michael K. Committee Member
Lepczyk, Billie F. Committee Member
Redican, Kerry J. Committee Member
  • Behavior
  • Self-worth
  • Surf Camps
  • Perceptions
Date of Defense 2010-02-01
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this study was to discuss and validate the benefits of surf camps. Additionally, the results of this study will aid the further research of adolescents achieving higher self-esteem levels, increased positive self-worth, and behavior change through non-traditional sports. The primary research question asked for this study is ”How do non-traditional sports, such as surfing, affect self worth, self-esteem, and positive behavior change?” A survey was used to collect data among surf camp subjects. The participants, ranging from ages 8 to 18, consisted of two focus groups totaling 33 participants, with 17 subjects used for the final data collection. Participants were enrolled in the week long surf camp with Titus International Surf School in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Results suggested that obstacles, such as funding and legislation continue to challenge educational leaders, so the physical education systems that have been put into place must be reevaluated. Non-traditional sports can increase self-esteem, self-worth levels, and behavior change. This exploratory study begins with the development of alternative health and physical education programs, which will help the advancement of health regimens already in place. Some progress has been made in schools since the late 1990’s, but advancement in new programs and research are slow and minimal.

The results of this study also indicated the need for more positive role models in education, physical education classes, and sports. There is a need for increased parental involvement at home as well as the implementation of year-round health, exercise, and new non-traditional sport programs.

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