Risk, challenge and safety: implications for play quality and playground design

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dc.contributor.author Little, H
dc.contributor.author Eager, DM
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-12T11:23:44Z
dc.date.issued 2010-01
dc.identifier.citation European Early Childhood Education Research Jou..., 2010, 18 (4), pp. 497 - 513
dc.identifier.issn 1350-293X
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/17569
dc.description.abstract In many countries playground design is driven more by safety than developmental benefits. As risk minimisation strategies become more stringent, many researchers and practitioners are questioning whether young children are able to take sufficient risks in play in order for their play experiences to be interesting and developmentally challenging. This study examined the outdoor play choices and risk-taking behaviour of 38 children (25 boys, 13 girls) aged between 48 and 64 months from Sydney, Australia. Semi-structured interviews examined children's play preferences and playground equipment usage. Observations of play explored engagement in risk-taking behaviour. Selection of equipment indicated a strong preference for challenge and excitement. However, the dominant observed play behaviours involved little risk suggesting equipment at these parks provided few opportunities to practice mastery of skills already in their behavioural repertoire, learning new skills or building on current capabilities. The findings have implications for play provision and playground design.
dc.publisher Routledge - Taylor & Francis Group
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1080/1350293X.2010.525949
dc.title Risk, challenge and safety: implications for play quality and playground design
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent European Early Childhood Education Research Jou...
dc.journal.volume 4
dc.journal.volume 18
dc.journal.number 4 en_US
dc.publocation England (Mortimer House, 37-41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH, UK) en_US
dc.publocation UTS DAB LAB Research Gallery
dc.identifier.startpage 497 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 513 en_US
dc.cauo.name FEIT.A/DRsch Ctre for Human Centred Technology Design en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 130102 Early Childhood Education (Excl. Maori)
dc.personcode 950815
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.date.activity 2010-05-05
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords child development; early childhood; outdoor play; playgrounds; playground equipment; risk-taking; safety en_US
dc.description.keywords Industrial Design
dc.description.keywords Cooling Vest
dc.description.keywords Prototypes.
dc.description.keywords child development
dc.description.keywords early childhood
dc.description.keywords outdoor play
dc.description.keywords playgrounds
dc.description.keywords playground equipment
dc.description.keywords risk-taking
dc.description.keywords safety
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology/School of Elec, Mech and Mechatronic Systems
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)

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