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

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dc.contributor.author Little, Helen en_US
dc.contributor.author Eager, David en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-12T11:23:44Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-12T11:23:44Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier 2009008719 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Little Helen and Eager David 2010, 'Risk, challenge and safety: implications for play quality and playground design', Routledge - Taylor & Francis Group, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 497-513. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1350-293X en_US
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. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Routledge - Taylor & Francis Group en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1350293X.2010.525949 en_US
dc.title Risk, challenge and safety: implications for play quality and playground design en_US
dc.parent European Early Childhood Education Research Jou... en_US
dc.journal.volume 18 en_US
dc.journal.number 4 en_US
dc.publocation England (Mortimer House, 37-41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH, UK) en_US
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 en_US
dc.personcode 0000064800 en_US
dc.personcode 950815 en_US
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.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords child development; early childhood; outdoor play; playgrounds; playground equipment; risk-taking; safety en_US
dc.staffid 950815 en_US


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