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ERIC Number: ED150096
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-May-12
Pages: 33
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A Democratic Approach to Creative Playgrounds.
Hutslar, Jack
Playground development resulting in self-direction, independence, and creativity among children over time can result from a democratic process of planning, construction, and maintenance. Practical experience has shown that using a "democratic committee approach" to playground care, in which school children are responsible for various need areas (e.g., equipment, inspection, ground care, equipment storage), has successfully kept playgrounds active and alive after initial novelty has faded. Participatory planning by children also results in a more effective facility; disuse, nonuse, misuse, and abuse are all reduced when children become full-functioning partners with adults in the development and ongoing maintenance of a creative play area. When working with children, adults should expect mistakes, slowness, inefficiency, diversions from the task at hand, and lack of knowledge, but in a democratic-participatory-committee approach, children will seek guidance, adults will learn, and the project will promote long-continuing involvement after the initial development stages. (MJB)
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