Sports and recreational groups that are engaged in social activism are a global phenomenon nowadays – there are many of them, and their engagement is continually gaining importance. Although inspired by a broader vision, such groups organize activities relevant for the problems of the people in local communities and they may affect changes in these communities. This paper demonstrates that the engagement in such recreational groups has significant potential for transformative learning – not only at the level of the community, but at an individual level too, by transferring certain values and points of view to its members. A case study was conducted to explore the process of transformative learning of individual team members. Data was collected through interviews and network repertoire, and an analysis of the results was performed using the analysis of narrative. The first part of the research demonstrates that the transformation really took place, whereas the second part explains the kind of change that occurred and the manner in which it came to be.
Aleksa Jovanović is a PhD candidate at the Department for Pedagogy and Andragogy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade.
Katarina Popović is an associate professor at the Department for Pedagogy and Andragogy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade and general secretary of the International Council for Adult Education.
This paper is part of a research project being undertaken at the Institute of Pedagogy and Andragogy, Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, titled “Models of assessment and strategies for improvement of quality of education” (179060), supported by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia.