Nature as refuge in children’s environments

Kirby, M.A., 1989, Nature as refuge in children’s environments, in: Childrens Environments Quarterly, , 1

  • Author : Kirby, M.A.
  • Year : 1989
  • Journal/Series : Childrens Environments Quarterly
  • Volume Number (ANNUAL: Counting Volumes of the Year shown above) : 1
  • Pages : 7-12
  • Abstract in English : The investigation discussed in this article examines the use of enclosed spaces by pre-school aged children. Refuges, or places to hide, are high on the list of environmental preferences in children. Children’s attraction in the environment suggests that a humanistic theory, such as Appelton’s habitats theory, is most appropriate for examination young children’s of the landscape. He views landscape characteristics in terms of their refuge, prospect, and hazard symbolism. These symbols all relate to elements in the landscape which played a key role in the natural survival of human species. Three refuges were perceived and used by as suitable of different play behaviour. Design guidelines are suggested for creating enclosure attractive to children and conductive to developmentally.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: children, play, landscape design, nature, preferences. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research, students of universities of professional education