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Every day life at the youth leisure centre
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
2012 (English)In: Abstract book: the 40:th Annual Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association, Copenhagen: Nordic educational research association, NERA , 2012Conference paper, Meeting abstract (Refereed)
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The leisure-time center is an educational activity for school children through the age of twelve, where children are enrolled. Under the Education Act, the leisure-time centers provide children with meaningful leisure. Prerequisites for the children to experience leisure time as meaningful is that the activity is safe, fun and stimulating where play and creativity have much space and are shaped by children's age, maturity, needs, interests and experiences. The leisure-time center also has the task to teach and train future democratic citizens.The purpose of this paper is to highlight and explore the staff's perception of the organization's contribution to children's development and learning. Theories of entrepreneurship and citizenship education are used as a theoretical framework.Method used is an attitude survey questionnaire. A survey involving 39 statements were sent out to all 13 municipalities in the county of Norrbotten, in total 146 leisure-time centers. The questionnaire was distributed to professionals and other personnel working with children who are enrolled in after school. There are 164 professionals who answered the questionnaire; in the material are leisure-time centers from all municipalities represented.The results show that 65.6% agreed with the statement that children can develop their ability to play and 61,6% of respondents believe that children can develop their ability to work with others at the leisure-time centers. Many respondents strongly agree with the statement that children can develop their curiosity 52, 5%, and 48, 1% believes that they can develop their imagination staying at the leisure-time centers. Conclusions that can be drawn from the research is that the relationship between entrepreneurship and citizenship education is a close one and it is possible that one may lend itself to the other and strengthen the development of individuals skills for inclusion in society.

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Copenhagen: Nordic educational research association, NERA , 2012.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-38785Local ID: d49612e4-9328-4d4e-8357-ee66d4c375e8OAI: diva2:1012286
NERA Congress 2012 : Everyday life, education and their transformations in a Nordic and globalized context 08/03/2012 - 10/03/2012
Godkänd; 2012; 20120310 (lisl)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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