School grounds as sites for learning: making the most of environmental opportunities

Malone, K. & P. J. Tranter, , School grounds as sites for learning: making the most of environmental opportunities, Internet publication (see “Comments/Notes”)

  • Author : Malone, K. & P. J. Tranter
  • Pages : 19
  • Publisher : Internet publication (see "Comments/Notes")
  • Abstract in English : Drawing on the findings of an ARC project, "Children’s Environments and the role of school grounds for enhancing environmental cognition", this paper explores the question: "What is the role of school grounds as sites for teaching and learning?" Observation and interview data for five Australian Primary schools displayed large differences between schools in the types of play that 8- to 10-year-old children engaged in. In particular, play behaviours categorised as involving environmental cognition were not observed at all in one school, yet were the dominant play behaviour observed in another. The paper explores the relative importance of the school ground environment and the (outdoor) educational philosophy adopted by the school.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: Children, school grounds, Play education, landscape design, children’s development. Dr Karen Malone,Senior Lecturer, Science and Environmental Education Faculty of Education,Monash University, Peninsula Campus, VIC 3199, Australia--Dr Paul J. Tranter,Senior Lecturer in Geography,School of Geography and Oceanography,University College,University of New South Wales,At the Australian Defence Force Academy,Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia