Term of Award

Fall 2006

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Health and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Daniel R. Czech

Committee Member 1

A. Barry Joyner

Committee Member 2

Jonathan N. Metzler

Committee Member 3

Alan D. Zwald

Committee Member 4

Larry D. Bryant

Abstract

This research examined accuracy, consensus, and self-other agreement of personality assessments and coaching effectiveness based on thin-slice judgments of 30-second video clips of 9 recreation level coaches. Two hundred and six naive raters viewed the clips and rated the targets on coaching effectiveness and personality attributes. Ratings of coaching effectiveness were correlated with expert ratings of effectiveness to measure accuracy. The ratings of attributes were correlated with expert ratings of the same attributes to measure consensus. Gender, race, and level of sport participation of naive raters was subjected to independent sample t-tests and one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) to determine if they moderated thin-slice judgments. Results indicated that naive raters as a group were not accurate in assessment of coaching effectiveness, nor were there significant correlations on consensus or self-other agreement. There were significant differences between levels of sport participation groups on two of the fourteen attributes: competence and confidence.

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