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ERIC Number: EJ1158095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2146-0353
Schoolyard Geographies: The Influence of Object-Play and Place-Making on Relationships
Johnson, Paul
Review of International Geographical Education Online, v3 n1 p77-92 Spr 2013
The exploration of relationships between the physical characteristics of place and the activities that occur there is a fundamental question for geography (Patton 2002). This report is part of a larger case study documenting how the places, objects and practices in a naturalized primary school playground influenced a newly enrolled student's participation in creative play, social interaction and learning. Using natural and non-prescriptive schoolyard objects is shown to have helped the student negotiate and maintain satisfying relationships with people and places and to have been supportive of identity development. A three-phase model is proposed that conceptualises constructing and playing in cubby houses--also known as forts, tree houses, bush houses, houses and dens (Kylin 2003)--as foundational to the student's social relations and positive disposition.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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