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ERIC Number: EJ1094612
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1357-3322
Examining the Educative Aims and Practices of Decision-Makers in Sport for Development and Peace Organizations
Svensson, Per G.; Hancock, Meg G.; Hums, Mary A.
Sport, Education and Society, v21 n4 p495-512 2016
Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) policy-makers and practitioners continue to offer ambitious claims regarding the potential role of sport-based programs for promoting social change. Yet, it is important to put sport under a critical lens in order to develop a more balanced and realistic understanding of the role of sport in society. Whether SDP programs result in positive or negative outcomes depends on the structures and processes of the implementing organizations. Hence, SDP researchers are paying more attention to the organizational approaches of these agencies. Scholars also argue the outcomes of SDP programs depend on the relationship of these organizations with broader community education and health promotion efforts. Despite the claims of many SDP programs, little remains known about the educational goals of these programs and their relationship with broader educational efforts. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to critically examine the role of education among a randomly selected sample of nonprofit SDP organizations in urban settings across the USA. Findings from in-depth interviews with 17 executive directors indicate a broad range of educative aims, but also innovative organizational practices, highlighting a salient relationship between education and SDP in the USA. Prominent themes emerged related to program models and organizational approaches, academic enrichment programming, partnerships with educational institutions and education-focused nonprofits, and educational outcomes. These findings are examined and implications for future SDP research are also discussed. Although important work is emerging in SDP literature on how educational values are delivered in these programs [Spaaij, R., & Jeanes, R. (2013). Education for social change? A Freirean critique of sport for development and peace. "Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy," 18, 442-457], findings from this study also help stimulate a critical dialogue on the educative aims and practices of decision-makers in SDP organizations. [For "Education for Social Change? A Freirean Critique of Sport for Development and Peace" (2013), see EJ1021151.]
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Language: English
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