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Designing activating schoolyards: seen from the girls' viewpoint

Pawlowski, Charlotte S., Veitch, Jenny, Andersen, Henriette B. and Ridgers, Nicola D. 2019, Designing activating schoolyards: seen from the girls' viewpoint, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 16, no. 19, doi: 10.3390/ijerph16193508.

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Title Designing activating schoolyards: seen from the girls' viewpoint
Author(s) Pawlowski, Charlotte S.
Veitch, JennyORCID iD for Veitch, Jenny orcid.org/0000-0001-8962-0887
Andersen, Henriette B.
Ridgers, Nicola D.ORCID iD for Ridgers, Nicola D. orcid.org/0000-0001-5713-3515
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 16
Issue number 19
Total pages 13
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2019-09-20
ISSN 1660-4601
Keyword(s) girls
pen profile
photo-elicitation interview
re-design
recess physical activity
schoolyard renovation
Summary Girls are typically less active in the schoolyard during recess than boys. It is therefore necessary to understand influences on girls' recess activity in schoolyards. The aim of this qualitative study was to investigate girls' perceptions of physical environmental factors influencing recess physical activity in re-designed schoolyards and to compare the perceptions of girls from different age groups. In 2018, 50 girls from five Danish schools were interviewed using photo-elicitation. The girls were from Grade 4 (n = 28, age 10-11) and Grade 6 (n = 22, age 12-13). Data were analysed using pen profiles constructed from verbatim transcripts. Ten factors emerged: variety, accessibility, size, designated spaces, greenery, playground markings, active play facilities, sports facilities, play equipment, and speakers. Play facilities (trampolines, obstacle courses, dancing and gymnastic appliances) were favoured over traditional sport facilities. Designated spaces, greenery and speakers were important for feeling comfortable within the schoolyard. Although similar factors were raised by the two age groups, some factors were perceived as enablers by the youngest and as barriers by the oldest girls, highlighting the complexity of designing schoolyards that cater to all ages. A greater understanding of how different designs and facilities may be perceived by girls of different ages is important for the design of future schoolyards.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph16193508
Indigenous content off
Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2019, The Authors
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30130293

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