'Adventure Playgrounds', 'Nature' and 'Learning': disrupting lofty notions

Russell, Wendy K ORCID: 0000-0002-5028-6428, Fitzpatrick, John and Handscomb, Bridget (2021) 'Adventure Playgrounds', 'Nature' and 'Learning': disrupting lofty notions. Built Environment, 47 (2). pp. 206-222. doi:10.2148/benv.47.2.206

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This special edition seeks to explore notions of outdoor learning, nature and urban play spaces. In this article we playfully and seriously bring the subversive tendencies of adventure playgrounds to this exploration. The history of adventure playgrounds shows how they have always had to navigate the tension between supporting play for its own sake and meeting current policy agendas. We suggest that ‘nature and learning’ is one such agenda and offer both a theoretical challenge to current orthodoxies of thought and also a practical suggestion. Critical cartography is a spatial, relational and creative approach to documenting playwork that can offer a different perspective on playwork, be the basis for playworkers’ (rather than children’s) learning, and also prompt a re-enchantment with children’s play.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adventure playgrounds; Nature play; Children's play; Critical cartography; Playwork
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human geography. Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV191.2 Outdoor Life. Outdoor recreation.
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Rhiannon Goodland
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2021 10:11
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:07
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/10158

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