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USC Researchers Explains How Skateboarding Help Self Growth

By Andres Pachon

A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.


Skaters have a lot of tenacity, commitment, focus and creativity. Researchers at USC wanted to know how they can strengthen these great qualities to become even better in college, work and beyond. They have been exploring and studying the skateboarding culture and how its individuals see themselves in the current society.


Skateboarding Thrives Among Education

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The research is led by Zoë B. Corwin, a research associate professor at the USC Rossier School of Education. The research tema has been interviewing skaters of different communities across the U.S. to try and understand what they need to thrive in what they do, and how they can translate it to educational and career opportunities. The Tony Hawk Foundation gave them a $264,000 grant, which allowed the researchers to complete a national survey of skaters between 13 and 25. Also, they conducted deep interviews with community stakeholders and skaters in seven regions of U.S. to have a wide picture of the challanges and opportunities that skaters face.






Skateboarding Teaching Values to Society

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Corwin would like to see more segments of society appreciate what skaters brings to the world and combine it to higher education. For her, college leaders should value the skateboarding like they value a community volunteer, star athlete or budding scientist. Also, USC researchers have been talking with business owners, police officers, school leaders and community members. Corwin is optimistic that she will be able to identify strategies so people can be aware of skateboardings positive influences among all society.

USC researchers hope their findings can help teens and young skaters to have more resources for their unique needs in different segments. They want a future where the skateboarding culture can work and progress with educational institutions, community organizations and different groups so they feel support from the society and can pass their skate learning to the daily life. Because kids and young adults face barriers almost everyday in life, and if people can help them with things like skateboarding, its their responsability to do it the best they can.


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