School playground design: a projective approach with pupils and staff

Ward Thompson, C., 1995, School playground design: a projective approach with pupils and staff, in: Landscape Research, 20, 3

  • Author : Ward Thompson, C.
  • Year : 1995
  • Journal/Series : Landscape Research
  • Volume Number (ANNUAL: Counting Volumes of the Year shown above) : 3
  • Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 20
  • Pages : 124-140
  • Abstract in English : This article summarises the result of a project carry out to elicit design ideas for two primary school playgrounds in Edinburgh. Pupils and staff at both schools were invited to respond to photographs of possible playground scenes and indicate how design elements important to them relate in spatial and functional terms. The study reveals significant differences between pupil and staff responses and between girls and boys. This study has revealed a much clearer understanding of the ways in which the two particular playgrounds in question need to be developed for maximum pupil and staff benefit. Although the ample of respondents was relatively small, there was a wealth of data obtained. It would be valuable to supplement this with data from a wider rang of schools and wider range of pupils.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: playgrounds, schools, children, playground design, environmental psychology, participation, affordances. The term affordance is only use in the discussion, but for insiders it is clear that this article is also dealing with potential affordances. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research, students of universities of professional education.