Transforming School Playgrounds to Sites of Learning: Training Teachers in the Importance of Outdoor Play for Optimal Child Development
In many primary school playgounds, restricitve rules combined with the removal of play equipment leave children in an environment which often discourages play.
In the current social environment, in many places, it is unsafe for children to play outdoors in the streets and parks of their neighbourhoods. For many children the school playground is their only opportunity for outdoor play.
With increased understanding of the importance of play for children, teachers can implement changes to outdoor policy and playground environments to provide optimal conditions for learning. Schools with educational leadership providing playgrounds viewed as sites of learning will enhance opportunities for their students
Barbara Chancellor (Australia)
School and Early Childhood Department
Barbara has a background in teaching early childhood, primary and tertiary students. She is currently undertaking her doctoral studies looking at the changes taking place in Australian primary school playgrounds
(30 min. Conference Paper, English)