The perceived role of freedom in the lives and performance of an elite swimmer and an elite musician
Newburg, Douglas Stephen, Department of Education, University of Virginia
Rotella, Robert, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia
Sowa, Claudia, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
A qualitative study was conducted to examine the perceived role of freedom in the lives of a pop musician, Bruce Hornsby, and an elite swimmer, Jeff Rouse. The performers were asked to discuss their life stories-their influences, the setbacks, the successes, their inspiration. Case studies of the performers were developed based on the interviews in an effort to present the unique qualities of each performer. Several analyses were conducted and compared content a analysis, investigator triangulation, and participant triangulation. Freedom was used as an interpretive device to examine the relationship of these themes to the role of freedom in the lives of the two performers. Each of the themes was assigned to a category of freedom-freedom from, freedom to, freedom of. The use of freedom as an interpretive device revealed that freedom has an important role in the lives of the two performers. Recommendations for future research as well as the practical applications of this study are also included.
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PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
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