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Subject/Keyword
recreation
place attachment
low socioeconomic status
children
after-school programs
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Langager, Megan
Supervisor and department
Spencer-Cavaliere, Nancy (Physical Education and Recreation)
Examining committee member and department
Halpenny, Elizabeth (Physical Education and Recreation)
Snart, Fern (Education)
Department
Physical Education and Recreation
Specialization

Date accepted
2012-05-31T13:14:52Z
Graduation date
2011-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The purpose of this case study was to explore the experiences of children at a community recreation program for children of low socioeconomic status (SES) using place attachment as the conceptual framework. Place attachment is a framework that allows for an exploration of children’s experiences in regards to their bonding to a place and the role that social relationships play in the attachment process (Low & Altman, 1992). Seven children took part in semi-structured interviews and drawing activities. Additional data were collected using observations, field and reflective notes, documents, and a focus group interview with staff. One overarching theme of having opportunities emerged from the thematic analysis of the data. The children talked about having opportunities in three main ways: (a) opportunities to do, (b) opportunities to connect, and (c) opportunities to be. The results are discussed within the framework of place attachment and the literature on out-of-school programming and SES.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3TM41
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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