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Fri lek är viktigt!: barns perspektiv på fri lek på fritidshemmet
Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The overall purpose of this study was to investigate the child's perspective on the free play in the youth recreation center. The closer intention of the study has been to investigate what children themselves express as meaningful aspects of free play in the youth recreation center and what various opportunities children highlight when it comes to identity formation and social training in the free play. To answer the purpose three focus groups discussions were conducted with children of mixed ages from grade one to three. The results of the study were analyzed from a symbolic interactionist perspective. Meaningful aspects of free play that the children were describing is that the free play is fun, it's good because then they decide for themselves, they can be with their "friends" and it's good that they get moving. A social skill they get to practice on is to negotiate with each other about what game they are playing, the hearing takes place primarily through various voting methods. The children also develop empathy in free play and create and maintain social relationships. Furthermore, the study shows that choice of game is an important part of the children's identity process. Finally, an important conclusion of the study is that free play is as important as other guided activities in the youth recreation center.

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2016. , 32 p.
Keyword [en]
free play, identity, social skills, youth recreation center, children's perspective
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Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29988OAI: diva2:928074
Subject / course
Education Studies
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2016-05-16 Created: 2016-05-14 Last updated: 2016-07-05Bibliographically approved

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