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ERIC Number: EJ802551
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0312-5033
From Bogey Mountains to Funny Houses: Children's Desires for Play Environment
Hyvonen, Pirkko; Kangas, Marjaana
Australian Journal of Early Childhood, v32 n3 p39-47 Sep 2007
This study answers the following questions: "In what kinds of environments do preschool children want to play?" and "In what kinds of environments do boys and girls want to play?" Methodologically, the study draws on grounded theory, with data collected among Finnish preschoolers through creation sessions consisting of 15 sessions with 49 children from six to seven years of age. Children prefer emotional play worlds, where excitement and amusement can be experienced and where collaborative activities and nature are afforded. Girls created scary and happy play worlds and boys created worlds of aggression and care. Emotional worlds indicate: (1) rich and varied emotions; (2) a desire for physical activity and nature; and (3) common and divergent emotional worlds of the genders. The outcomes have been utilised in designing pilot playful learning environments (PLE) and they will be useful in developing PLEs and play to meet the challenges of education. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland