School of Education


Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (EdD)


Jerry Vance Pickard


Athletic Training, Sports Medicine, Motivation, Education, Career, Mentorship, Career Tech Education, Secondary Education, Athletic Trainer


Education | Medicine and Health Sciences


The intended purpose of this qualitative transcendental phenomenological study was to describe the experience of athletic trainers in the secondary school setting who supervise career technology education (CTE) health science students in the sports medicine pathway at high schools in Texas. Through the lens of the social cognitive career theory (Lent, Brown, & Hacket, 2006) as a theoretical framework, this study will answered the central research question: What is the lived experience of secondary school athletic trainers in Texas supervising CTE pathway athletic training student aides? Sub-questions sought to further explore the participants’ relationship to student self-efficacy in career exploration and career choice. Purposeful, criterion-based sampling with maximum variation was utilized to procure volunteer participants experiencing the phenomenon of being a secondary athletic trainer with athletic training student aides in the CTE health science sports medicine pathway at high schools in Texas. Data was collected through open-ended semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and journaling then analyzed according to phenomenological procedures as outlined by Moustakas’ (1994).