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ERIC Number: EJ1048729
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Playground Innovations and Art Teaching
Szekely, Ilona
Art Education, v68 n1 p37-42 Jan 2015
An important part of the Progressive Education movement, the playground, influenced John Dewey's educational philosophy of learning. "The playground, particularly during the Progressive reform movement of the early 1900s benefited from the widespread belief that play was child's work. Dewey portrayed children as miniature adults who had to adapt to their environment by actively exploring it" (Solomon, 2005, p. 8). Educators believed that if a child had a place to play, they would not be seduced by the evils of the neighborhood, such as gangs, drugs, or looting. Playgrounds became a place for children and adults to come together and establish a sense of community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A