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Children's perspectives on public playgrounds in two Swedish communities

Jansson, Märit (2008). Children's perspectives on public playgrounds in two Swedish communities. Children, youth and environments. 18 :2 , 88-109
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This paper describes children’s perspectives on local public playgrounds and discusses the effect of the surrounding landscape on playground use by comparing two Swedish communities: one in the forest and one on open, arable land. The researcher interviewed 141 children aged 6-11 from the two communities. They appreciated playgrounds for being fun and for offering many activities, but also described them as problematic, inadequate, or boring. The children often mentioned social dimensions of playground play, and viewed playgrounds as insufficient as the only places for children’s outdoor play. In the forest community, the children appreciated having forested areas close to playgrounds. Access to natural places for play seemed to make playground design less important and less problematic for children.

Authors/Creators:Jansson, Märit
Title:Children's perspectives on public playgrounds in two Swedish communities
Series Name/Journal:Children, youth and environments
Year of publishing :2008
Page range:88-109
Publisher:University of Colorado
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:X Agricola extesions > X80 Social sciences, humanities and education
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Keywords:playgrounds, children's play, children's perspectives
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ID Code:9410
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)
Deposited By: Dr Märit Jansson
Deposited On:06 Feb 2013 11:46
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:54

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