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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka


Presenting concepts of Social Learning Theory & Similarity Hypothesis at the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) Symposium in sunny San Diego

In San Diego this week for the NDPA Symposium and presenting today with DAP Co-founder Jayson Jackson about the importance of dismissing stereotypes, role models and other social learning concepts.  A tribute to the many DAP members that influence their own local communities.  We might even reveal a few of DAP's future plans.  Won't give you the whole presentation, but here are two quick concepts....connect the dots and see the picture...

Social Learning Theory - Social learning theory focuses on the learning that occurs within a social context. It considers that people learn from one another, including such concepts as observational learning, imitation, and modeling.

Similarity Hypothesis - Several theorists (e.g., Bandura, 1977, 1986; Gottfredson, 1981; Hackett & Byars, 1996) have argued that individuals seek career role models whom they perceive as similar to them regarding some easily identifiable characteristics because they assume that such role models' experiences would apply to their own lives as well.  In other words, a role model will be inspirational only to the degree that a person is able to identify with that model, and "evidence that dissimilar persons succeed from time to time does not necessarily persuade observers that they, too, can attain such outcomes from their efforts" (Bandura, 1986, p. 302).

Exerts From: The relationship between race and students' identified career role models and perceived role model influence by Danesh Karunanayake, Margaret M. Nauta

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Comment by Shaun Anderson on May 20, 2014 at 9:15am

I thought I'd share this inspirational video that I saw this morning on yahoo-sports, it's about a guy who is 5’5’’ and is attempting to dunk. It really grabbed my attention when he talked about the lack of a role model (someone his height) “someone like me that could do it”.  The interesting part of the story is that although he is somewhat unaware of it, if you listen close you can hear that he actually finds a role model in the form of a power lifter.  This phenomenon points directly to the similarity theories we often reference in our conversations.  The video is a little slow but give it a chance; you’ll hear his desire to become a role model for others at the end.  I think we see this dynamic time and time again; one person on the team makes championships, then all of a sudden three more do.  Also, another reason why Maritza & Cullen are so important… I now know that it's possible for someone 5'5'' to dunk......just thought I’d share….


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Comment by Shaun Anderson on March 10, 2012 at 6:20am

Excited to get in the water and participate this morning at the NDPA Community Outreach Event - USA Swimming Foundation “Make A Splash” Water Safety Festival at the Parkway Family Aquatic Center in Chula Vista, CA.  The event begins at 10:00 AM.

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