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Adaptační kurz jako nástroj změny sociálních vztahů ve třídním kolektivu
Outdoor Course as a Tool for Development of Social Relationships in a School Class

Author(s): Lucie Kalkusová
Subject(s): Sports Studies
Published by: Masarykova univerzita
Keywords: outdoor activities; sociometry; school class; sociomapping

Summary/Abstract: The article contributes to the illustration of the importance of outdoor courses for development of social relationships in school classes. Following text is a pilot study for future research. The research sample consisted of 17 pupils of Grade 6 primary school, average age 11.24 years, who participated on a three-day outdoor course. The course focused on the development of team dynamics, cooperation and social relationships. The participants filled in the same questionnaire before and after the course which enabled to compare the changes. The questionnaires were based on rating all classmates according to the preferential relationships. The strength of these relationships was transformed visually in sociomaps showing the structure of social relationships. The sum of ratings given by the whole class increased from 1583 before to 1751 points after the course. The general colour of sociomap changed after the course showing increased sympathies between the classmates after the course. Sociomapping showed to be a useful and lucid method for illustration of positive impact of the outdoor course for the development of social relationships in the school class.

  • Issue Year: 11/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 128-134
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Czech