Geographies of environmental learning: An exploration of children's use of school grounds

Malone, K 2004, 'Geographies of environmental learning: An exploration of children's use of school grounds', Children's Geographies, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 131-155.


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Title Geographies of environmental learning: An exploration of children's use of school grounds
Author(s) Malone, K
Year 2004
Journal name Children's Geographies
Volume number 2
Issue number 1
Start page 131
End page 155
Total pages 24
Publisher Carfax Publishing
Abstract There has been limited recent geographic research on children's use of school grounds. This study explores the impact of school grounds on the play behaviours of children in primary schools. It examines the way in which some features of school grounds stimulate more of the type of play that is likely to produce environmental learning. The paper reports on research findings from two primary schools in Canberra, Australia. At each school, multiple research techniques were employed, including behaviour mapping of children's play, interviews with children, and analysis of children's drawings of their school grounds. Children's play in one school displayed high levels of interaction with the natural environment. The paper provides insights on the potential of school grounds as sites for environmental learning.
Subject Social and Cultural Geography
Keyword(s) geographic research
primary schools
school grounds
children's play behaviours
environmental learning
Canberra
Australia
DOI - identifier 10.1080/1473328032000168813
ISSN 1473-3285
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