student profile: Miss Jannicke Staalstroem


Thesis work

Thesis title: Youth, Sport and Daily life: Understanding the impact of the Youth Olympic Games- Program Evaluation.

Supervisors: Steve GEORGAKIS , Rachel WILSON

Thesis abstract:

Abstract�br /� This proposed research study will investigate an emerging area of international sport studies, the Youth Olympic Games (YOG). Less than a decade old, the YOG were conceptualized with both a focus on sport and education. This, of course, was not unlike what the founder of the Olympic Games, Pierre de Courbetin had propagated for the Olympic Games. For de Courbetin and other officials the Olympic Games were supposed to be more than the promotion of sporting excellence. The recent Olympic Games have also been criticised for the fact that anti-sporting behaviors, such as doping, have overshadowed the positive nature of the Olympic Games. In order to address some of these concerns and still provide a pathway for youth elite athletes the YOG were conceived.�br /� Therefore as part of the program of the YOG, all participants (aged 14 to 18), receive a rigorous educational program designed to complement their respective sporting competitions. The various cultural educational programs and activities focus on the following key themes: Olympism; Skills Development; Well-being & Healthy lifestyles; Social responsibility; and Expression. The educational aim of the YOG is to transform the participants in these five key areas. As part of this transformation, participants are after completing YOG, encouraged to become ambassadors of sport, Olympic values and advocates of sport in their home countries.�br /� While there is now an emerging body of literature, which has looked at aspects of the sporting side of the YOG, there is no analysis, which has investigated and evaluated the unique educational component of the YOG. Questions remains as to how successful has the program been in transforming the participants. Part of the neglect could be that it is difficult to quantify the educational component, whereas for the sporting component this is not the case.�br /� In order to investigate the educational component of the YOG thorough a program evaluation, a mixed methodology approach will be adopted. In particular all YOG participants from Singapore and Norway (n=286) will be asked to complete a survey and a random sample of these athletes (n=30) will be interviewed. By including a detailed sample from two countries (Singapore and Norway) a strong overall and comparative analysis can ultimately be made. The sample will include athletes from both summer and winter YOG, covering participants from the first summer games in Singapore in 2010 until Lillehammer YOG in 2016. The participants will be from a cross section of sports. From the quantitative data (questionnaires) and qualitative data (interviews) themes will developed using grounded theory. In order to make sense of the data, it will be used program evaluation and ‘Transformational Leadership’ theory, to theories the results.�br /� �br /� �br /� �br /� �br /�

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