Olympism practised through sport: An insight from youth
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Education
This study investigates nine youths' understanding of Olympic Ideals (Olympism) and their perceptions on whether these ideals have importance within the practice of sport. A qualitative case study is used in conjunction with a humanistic-critical theoretical framework to gather and analyse data. Using purposive sampling, nine students are selected from four schools in Christchurch, New Zealand to participate in one individual and one paired semi-structured interview. Currently there is a paucity of national and international research into youth's perceptions and understanding of Olympism through the practice of sport. The research that does exist tends to be quantitative in nature with a focus on Games knowledge, thus, this study provides a contribution to the current research domain regarding qualitative conversations about Olympism in youth sport.
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