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  • Palm, Noora (2020)
    Objectives. The purpose of the study is to study the experiences of 5–6-year-old kindergarteners from swimming school. The study is interested in what kind of experiences children have from swimming school, how they describe their own swimming skills and what significance play plays in swimming school. The theoretical background of the study is built on three main themes. Initially, pre-school children are treated as mobile, physical activity, motor development and learning, basic motor skills, exercise skills and motivation in children's exercise. The next big theme is swimming lessons and the concepts that are central to it. Finally, we turn to experience as a phenomenon. The study has a self-reflective approach. Methods. Twelve children aged 5 to 6 years participated in the study. The group of children was from a kindergarten in South Helsinki. The research material was obtained through participatory observation and an individual interview. I myself work as a teacher in a swimming school group. The analysis of the research interview material was performed by phenomenological and narrative analysis. Results and conclusions. Children’s experiences of swimming school varied according to their previous experiences in the water. They also felt, for example, that different things were nice and not nice things at a swimming school. Most of the children felt that they had learned to swim during swimming school. The children were motivated towards the swimming school. This was evident in their interest in training, and their motivation also emerged in the children's speeches. The importance of free play in the swimming school was highlighted in the children's interviews as well as during the swimming school period. Time must be left for free play, even if it is a guided swimming school. Free play was important for the children and learning also takes place during it. In general, good teaching and differentiation as well as individualization are emphasized in swimming lessons.
  • Kotiranta, Pauliina (2017)
    Aims The aim of the Vesisankarit project is to encourage children in practicing their water skills around the year. The project offers materials to teachers and parents and provides them with tools in teaching water skills to children. In this master's thesis I investigate, firstly, how schools carry out Vesisankarit events and how the participants experience them. Secondly, I study what forms of symbolic capital the participants mobilize in the event. My third focus point is interviews conducted with the participants about their thoughts concerning their swimming and water rescue skills. The theoretical framework of the study is based on childhood research, the concept of functionality of children and Pierre Bourdieu's different forms of symbolic capital. As this thesis is the first study of the Vesisankarit project, my aim is also to generate general idea of the project in order to encourage teachers and parents, for example, to carry out their own projects of similar kind. Methods The data is collected from five different Vesisankarit events carried out in the Helsinki metropolitan area. The data was gathered using ethnographical methods. I participated and observed each event. I also interviewed pupils in small groups after the events. I carried out 14 interviews in total and participants consisted of 20 boys and 26 girls of age 8-12 years old. Results and conclusions To successfully carry out a Vesisankarit event it requires an operational culture from the school that supports functionality. Also the organizer has to be motivated over the subject. To carry out the event requires a lot of team work among all the organizers and pupils. Most of the participants got positive experiences out of the event. They generally thought that the skills taught and learned at the event were important skills to master in the future. The most popular tasks were the ones where pupils got chance to operate actively with others. Different forms of capital used by participants were mainly capitals learned from prior experiences and through hobbies. Most of the pupils who took part in the interview told that they have been going swimming with their parents or grandparents. The swimming lessons given by schools were criticized for being too formal. Swimming was experienced by the participants as a social event a moment to have fun with your friends and family.