Friday, October 15, 2010

Behavioral Plans

The behavioral plan blogs were very well done. Good job! I know they were difficult to write because it forced each of you to assess your own personal behavior and to think about behavior change. I hope they assist some of you in achieving new behaviors and I hope the experience will be helpful as you go out and work with others.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Comments: response posts

I enjoyed reading the comments that everyone made in response to a classmate's post. Some of you highlighted aspects that I had not crossed my mind.  Nicely done! I look forward to more thoughtful writing throughout the semester.

There was improvement from the first to the second CARS, which is excellent to see. Good job. I challenge you to look for scholarly work beyond the textbook to enhance your analysis.
A couple of common APA errors:
  1. In-text citations should include all authors, if there are less than 6. So, the in-text citation should be (Gill & Williams, 2008). 
  2. If you use a direct quote, you need to include a page number.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Reminder: CARS

Just a reminder that your first CARS post is due today (Sept, 13th) by the start of class. Your response post to a peer is due on Sept. 20th. See you this evening.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

CARS Assignment Guidelines

Case Analysis and Recommendation Summaries (CARS)
1. CARS should persuasively argue and reason 2-3 major points (not an exhaustive list of issues). Your audience is familiar with the issues/challenges highlighted in the case. So, drawing explicitly from the concepts/frameworks used in the course (as well as other Movement & Exercise Science and Psychology courses), your audience requires your critical insights, analysis, and recommendations.

2. Each CARS should be 700-900 words, written in paragraph form, with a minimum of 2 references in APA (6th Ed).

3. Write up should consist of the following information and headings:
  1. TITLE: create a title for you case study
  2. WHAT: What are the most important issues/challenges that confront the individual, individuals, or group?
  3. SO WHAT: What is your analysis of these issues? This should be based on concepts and theories from the readings.
  4. NOW WHAT: What, exactly, should the individual, individuals or group do? Recommend an explicit, feasible plan of action that will assist the individual, individuals or group in achieving the desired outcome. Note that at the end of each case study in the text, Gill and Williams offer questions that can guide this. Again, this section should be based on concepts and theories from the readings.
  5. CONCLUSION: A concluding paragraph should restate your major purpose and give your report a sense of completion. Your conclusion gives you an opportunity to make a dramatic restatement or appeal; a conclusion allows you to make generalizations related to your purpose.
  6. REFERENCES: in APA (6th Ed)
4. As in all case studies, there are no right answers. Indeed, even if the instructors disagree with your recommendations, you will receive high scores for supporting your analysis and recommendations with theory, analysis of research, and persuasiveness of your recommendations. However, there are oftentimes wrong answers:
  1. Inappropriate or incorrect use of analytical and strategic concepts
  2. Inconsistencies between analysis and recommendations
  3. Recommendations not clearly supported by thorough analysis
  4. Lack of details in recommended course of action
5. You must also read your classmates CARS via their blogs and respond with thoughtful comments (approx. 150 words) to at least one classmate each week (there is a 10% penalty for not responding to a classmate).

Thursday, August 12, 2010


Welcome everyone to the fall 2010 semester of the graduate sport psychology class! We will be using blogs throughout the semester to examine, respond to, and analyze case studies. Each of you will be creating your own blog to post your Case Analysis and Recommendation Summaries (CARS).

For those of you who need assistance in setting up your blog, please watch the YouTube video below. Once you have set up your blog, send me the web address, and I will link to each blog. Each class member should set up an RSS feed to know when blogs have been updated.