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Infant and toddler responses to a redesign of their childcare outdoor play space

Morrissey, Anne-Marie, Scott, Caroline and Wishart, Llewellyn 2015, Infant and toddler responses to a redesign of their childcare outdoor play space, Children, youth and environments, vol. 25, no. 1, Spring, pp. 29-56, doi: 10.7721/chilyoutenvi.25.1.0029.

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Title Infant and toddler responses to a redesign of their childcare outdoor play space
Author(s) Morrissey, Anne-Marie
Scott, Caroline
Wishart, LlewellynORCID iD for Wishart, Llewellyn orcid.org/0000-0002-8817-1925
Journal name Children, youth and environments
Volume number 25
Issue number 1
Season Spring
Start page 29
End page 56
Total pages 28
Publisher The Board of Regents of the University of Colorado
Place of publication Boulder, Colo.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1546-2250
Keyword(s) natural paly spaces
affordances
infants/toddlers
childcare
Summary Researchers used an affordances-based conceptual framework to study infants' and toddlers' responses to the redesign of their play space. Behavior mapping and child tracking observations showed that the introduction of features such as edging, levels and inclines appeared to increase the level and variety of children's physical activity, and lead to greater utilization of the space. While researchers observed children engaging with natural affordances, this was less than expected, possibly due to educator constraints. Children's engagement with new features indicated unique child views of the space and a delight in challenge. Findings suggest the value of looking for children's perspective on affordances, and considering the effects of specific features and the influence of caregivers in evaluating design outcomes.
Language eng
DOI 10.7721/chilyoutenvi.25.1.0029
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
120107 Landscape Architecture
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, University of Colorado
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30077434

Document type: Journal Article
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