School grounds as sites for learning: making the most of environmental opportunities

MALONE, K and Tranter, P 2003, 'School grounds as sites for learning: making the most of environmental opportunities', Environmental Education Research, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 283-303.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title School grounds as sites for learning: making the most of environmental opportunities
Author(s) MALONE, K
Tranter, P
Year 2003
Journal name Environmental Education Research
Volume number 9
Issue number 3
Start page 283
End page 303
Total pages 20
Publisher Carfax Publishing
Abstract Drawing on the findings of an ARC funded project, 'Children's Environments and the Role of School Grounds for Enhancing Environmental Cognition', this paper explores the question: What is the role of school grounds as sites for teaching and learning? Observation and interview data for five Australian primary schools displayed large differences between schools in the types of play that 8- to 10-year-old children engaged in. In particular, play behaviours categorised as involving environmental cognition were not observed at all in one school, yet were the dominant play behaviour observed in another. The paper explores the relative importance of the school ground environment and the (outdoor) educational philosophy adopted by the school.
Subject Primary Education (excl. Maori)
DOI - identifier 10.1080/1350462032000093156
Copyright notice ©2003 Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISSN 1350-4622
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