ERIC Number: ED241137
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Playground Game Characteristics of Brisbane Primary School Children.
Lindsay, P. L.; Palmer, D.
A study of the games played by children in Brisbane, Australia was conducted to provide information for physical education curriculum development and to compile a descriptive record for the period from 1975 to 1976. Attention was given to physical activities in which two or more children proceed with observable rules of conduct toward a predetermined outcome whereby winners or losers can be determined. Observed were basic play characteristics such as walking and dodging, play elements such as strategy and chance, the area of play, quality of touch, and group characteristics. To ensure that all areas of Brisbane were included in the survey, one state school was randomly selected from each of the 21 electoral wards of the city. The population of the sample was 10,797; 4,824 children were observed in game situations. Specific results were found for the following game characteristics: playground versus syllabus games, sex differences, group characteristics, behaviors in adventure and traditional playgrounds, and game location. Ten appendices compose the major portion of the study report; these describe numerous games, including ball, pursuit, skipping, clapping, hopscotch, and marbles. (RH)
Descriptors: Childrens Games, Educational Games, Elementary Education, Group Activities, Movement Education, Physical Education, Playground Activities, Playgrounds, Sex Differences, Student Behavior, Teacher Role
Australian Government Publishing Service (AGPS), G.P.O. Box 4, Canberra City, A.C.T. 2601, Australia ($8.60).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Education Research and Development Committee, Canberra.
Identifiers - Location: Australia