ERIC Number: ED339524
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-7
Playground Design and Mainstreaming Issues: Beyond Ramps.
Esbensen, Steen B.
This paper identifies issues confronting early childhood educators who want to integrate young children with special needs with other children, and the implications of such integration for the design of outdoor play settings. The main thesis of the paper focuses on the ambiguity involved when developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood education comes face to face with trends in play and playground design. It is emphasized that playground equipment needs to provide opportunities and challenges appropriate to the age and development of children. It is important to create an outdoor play setting abundant in: (1) aspects of nature; (2) furniture and shade that allow for creative and social experiences; (3) a variety of surface textures, materials, and loose parts for children to touch and manipulate; and (4) space that allows children to move around, interact with nature, socialize, and challenge their physical dexterity. It is suggested that early childhood educators assess their outdoor environment to determine whether the setting can be improved to provide a richer play experience for all children. Appended are seven references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (Denver, CO, November 7, 1991).