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Socio-Edutainment within Summer Camps? A Missed Opportunity!


BLAŽKOVÁ Martina MACKŮ Richard

Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Pedagogická orientace
Keywords children´s camp, socialisation, informal learning, peer group
Description The text deals with the general overlap of children’s camps with the everyday life of their participants. The aim of this paper is to highlight the educational potential of children’s summer camps in the Czech Republic within the context of an empirical study examining the viewpoints of children who have participated in them as well as the view of their parents. It brie?ly presents the ideological roots of children’s camps. The authors also open up a key topic – the theory of socio-edutainment. The second part of the paper describes the concept of socio-edutainment through an empirical probe conducted among former participants of children’s Catholic camps. The authors used semi-structured interviews with former participants of children’s camps and their parents to obtain the data. The framework analysis was used to process the data. The authors present their ?indings separately for each group of respondents, which subsequently allows for comparison, revealing the differences in the concepts of the two groups of respondents. According to the statements of the participants, the summer camps contributed primarily by establishing contacts with peers; however, general social learning can also be included. An important impact which parents pointed out was making friends and learning to communicate. Finally, the authors summarise the ?indings of the empirical survey and contrast them with the reality of real children’s camps, i.e., how the camp instructors use the means to achieve the educational potential of the camp.

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