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Childrens’ activities in voluntary firefighting: Example of Volunteer fire department Črnomerec and Volunteer fire department Granešina


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Harasemljuk, Tea. (2018). Childrens’ activities in voluntary firefighting: Example of Volunteer fire department Črnomerec and Volunteer fire department Granešina. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Pedagogy. [mentor Kolak, Ante and Dadić, Katarina].

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The subject of this thesis regards the childrens’ activities in volunteer fire departments and belongs to the field of leisure time. According to Croatian firefighting association’s data, more than 17 000 children across the Republic of Croatia participate in the volunteer fire departments’ activities. Considering the large number of children who participate in the voluntary firefighting activities, it is necessary to explore those activities from a pedagogical aspect, and the recommendation is to represent them in some of the future pedagogical manuals. The paper consists of theoretical and empirical parts. The theoretical part provides the historical overview and legislation of voluntary firefighting activities, and describes the training program for the mentors of junior firefighting. The theoretical part also contains the terminological determination, historical development and pedagogical aspect of leisure time, as well as the description of voluntary firefighting as a leisure activity. The empirical part presents the results obtained by examining mentors of junior firefightings’ about activities for children in volunteer fire departments and their implementation. The data was collected through focus groups. The participants in two focus groups were the members of the Volunteer fire department Črnomerec and of the Volunteer fire department Granešina. The results show that the voluntary firefighting activities have a positive impact on the childrens’ development and that the mentors of junior firefighting are not sufficiently competent in pedagogy. The participants’ opinions are not agreed on the correlation of the number of children included in voluntary firefighting and the number of accessible extracurricular activities, but they agree that the children join volunteer fire departments following the example of someone close to them.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: leisure time, voluntary firefighting, child development, pedagogical competence, focus group
Subjects: Pedagogy
Departments: Department of Pedagogy
Supervisor: Kolak, Ante and Dadić, Katarina
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2019 10:46
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2019 10:46

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