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The Syrian Canadian Sports Club: A Community-Based Participatory Action Research Project with/for Syrian Youth Refugees

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Faculty of Education, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5, Canada
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International Institute for Child Rights and Development, Victoria, BC V8W 3G9, Canada
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Faculty of Education and Faculty of Kinesiology and Applied Health, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9, Canada
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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(6), 163; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8060163
Received: 13 March 2019 / Revised: 29 April 2019 / Accepted: 21 May 2019 / Published: 28 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Integration and Resettlement of Refugees and Forced Migrants)
In this paper, we share the rationale, process, and results related to a community-based participatory action research (PAR) project in which we, among other things, aimed to attend to the underrepresentation of newcomer youth in community sport and recreation pursuits. By way of engaging with one rural county’s Syrian youth refugee population while also attending closely to a social ecological framework, we first identified obstacles and opportunities related to multiple systems (i.e., individual, social/interpersonal, organizational/community, public policy). Drawing upon multiple data sources (i.e., photos and photovoice, participants’ drawings and notes, participant-researchers’ field notes, and focus group interviews) to inform our subsequent plan-act-observe-reflect action research cycles, we and our Syrian youth participants co-created and implemented the Syrian Youth Sports Club. In addition to describing the rationale and process related to this Syrian Youth Sports Club, we focus herein upon the results, which primarily relate to participants’ experiences becoming (physically literate) and belonging. View Full-Text
Keywords: participatory action research (PAR); refugee; youth; newcomer; physical activity; sport; recreation; social ecological; ecological systems; physical literacy participatory action research (PAR); refugee; youth; newcomer; physical activity; sport; recreation; social ecological; ecological systems; physical literacy
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Robinson, D.B.; Robinson, I.M.; Currie, V.; Hall, N. The Syrian Canadian Sports Club: A Community-Based Participatory Action Research Project with/for Syrian Youth Refugees. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 163.

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