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ERIC Number: EJ748648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0030-9230
The Influence of School Architecture and Design on the Outdoor Play Experience within the Primary School
Armitage, Marc
Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education, v41 n4-5 p535-553 Aug 2005
Since the very earliest times, schools have provided a place (the playground) and a time (playtimes) in which children can have time away from the direct involvement of adults and formal learning. Although the basic design of school grounds has changed in a number of ways over the years, from the subtle to the more direct, what effect these changes have had on the overall education of the child is less clear. Research has identified a number of positive effects on learning that playtimes and the informal use of school grounds provides, yet it is also clear that schools themselves often greatly under-use this potential, or even actively restrict access to it, as a counter to what is often seen as the "problem" of playtime. This paper will draw on recent research into "what" happens on school playgrounds and "where" it happens, using visual examples from the UK. The findings from this research will explore the direct links that have been found between school building design and children's use of the outdoor environment for play.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom