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The experiences of children participating in a community recreation program for children of low socioeconomic status

  • Author / Creator
    Langager, Megan
  • 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.

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  • Graduation date
    2011-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3TM41
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Physical Education and Recreation
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Spencer-Cavaliere, Nancy (Physical Education and Recreation)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Snart, Fern (Education)
    • Halpenny, Elizabeth (Physical Education and Recreation)