ERIC Number: ED374930
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Fairy Floss, Ferris Wheels, Football?: Constructions of Meaning through the Recreational Activities of Children in the Showmen's Guild of Australasia.
Rose, Colin; And Others
This study examines the elements of "work and play" as they are conceptualized by the children of the Showmen's Guild of Australasia. Recreation and work are semantically distinct, but this distinction can be blurred in particular contexts and according to differing individual perceptions. As part of a study evaluating a distance education program, interviews conducted with parents, children, home tutors, and itinerant teachers included a series of questions about work and play. It was found that many of the families participated in outdoor recreation such as boating and camping. However, the mobile lifestyle of the children prevented them from belonging to a team, attending training sessions, playing regular sports, and developing skills in a controlled form. Instead their participation was limited to sport and play in an informal and semistructured manner at school (for example, lunch breaks and physical education classes) and on the show grounds. The children's lifestyle also contributed to their view of work. For most children, show day represents a day of fun, but for show children it is a day of work. They attend school and after school they return to the show ground to work alongside their parents until late evening. Almost all show children had work aspirations beyond the Guild, but knew that a working life in the show was available to them. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Central Queensland (Australia). Faculty of Education.