314Thursday, March 15, 2007
This is a Ticketed Event. Fee: $$35 in advance/$40 on-site (Students: $25/$30 on-site)

7:15 AM-8:30 AMRenaissance:Maryland Salon B
28th Annual C.H. McCloy Research Lecture and Breakfast - Field of Dreams: Youth Sport as a Social Context of Development
Youth sport is a unique context for nurturing psychosocial development and a physically active lifestyle. 2007 C.H. McCloy Lecturer and professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, Dr. Maureen Weiss’ lines of research have focused on youth development through participation in sport, with interests in motivation, perceived competence, and social relationships. These topics are essential for understanding how to encourage youth to remain active as well as how to provide opportunities to glean positive outcomes from sport contexts that are optimally challenging, intrinsically motivating, and psychologically safe. In her lecture she first reviews our lines of research on youth development through sport. Second she reviews child psychology literature that embraces organized activities as contexts of youth development. Third, she shares findings from longitudinal research evaluating The First Tee, a youth program using sport as a context of development grounded in psychological theory and research. Finally, she contends that helping youth achieve benefits afforded from sport participation is maximized by adopting a multidisciplinary perspective—integrating knowledge from developmental sport psychology, kinesiology, child psychology, public health, and organizations that target out-of-school time for youth.
Presider: Ron E. McBride, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Speaker: Maureen R. Weiss, University Of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

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