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Playing Outdoors: Spaces and Places, Risk and Challenge

Helen Tovey


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PUBLISHED: 31st December 2006
ISBN: 9780335216413
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This book makes an important contribution to current debates on risk, safety and challenge in outdoor environments for young children. It brings together research from a range of different disciplines, as well as illustrative examples of children's play and talk outdoors.
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  • Paperback
    $66.09
PUBLISHED: 31st December 2006
ISBN: 9780335216413
ANNOTATION:
This book makes an important contribution to current debates on risk, safety and challenge in outdoor environments for young children. It brings together research from a range of different disciplines, as well as illustrative examples of children's play and talk outdoors.

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This book makes an important contribution to current debates on risk, safety and challenge in outdoor environments for young children. It brings together research from a range of different disciplines, as well as illustrative examples of children's play and talk outdoors.

Publisher Description

"For all members of the Leave No Child Inside movement who are engaged with early childhood--as educators, child care providers, nature center staff, parents, landscape designers, or pediatricians--this book is an essential resource." Louise Chawla, Children and Nature Network, USA What do children learn through playing outdoors? What makes an effective and challenging play space? What is a safe environment and can children be too safe? How can adults best support challenging play outdoors? Young children seek adventure and challenge in their play outdoors. They look for places they can explore and spaces they can transform. However, provision for exciting and challenging play outdoors is often restricted because of an over-emphasis on safety, and also because the value of play outdoors is not well understood. This book offers a clear rationale for why outdoor play is essential in young children's lives and learning. It asks fundamental questions about what sort of environments we want for young children, as well as examining controversial issues of risk and safety. The author identifies key principles underpinning the design of challenging outdoor play environments and examines how children use and transform space to create their own imaginary worlds. The essential role of the adult in supporting and extending children's free play is examined and implications for practice identified. This book makes an important contribution to current debates on risk, safety and challenge in outdoor environments for young children. It brings together research from a range of different disciplines, as well as illustrative examples of children's play and talk outdoors. Playing Outdoors is inspiring reading for early childhood practitioners, students, play workers, parents, policy makers and all those seeking to develop challenging outdoor play areas.

Author Biography

Helen Tovey is Principal Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the Froebel College, Roehampton University, London, UK. She has extensive experience of working with young children and developing outdoor play settings both as a nursery school teacher and head teacher. She has established an international reputation for her work on outdoor environments.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Children's lives

Why outdoor play?

Outdoor play: the presence of the past

Spaces and places for play

Gardens or forests?

Playing outdoors: risk and challenge

What do we mean by free play outdoors?

Roles, resources and relationships outdoors

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

Author
Helen Tovey
Short Title
PLAYING OUTDOORS
Publisher
Open University Press
Language
English
ISBN-10
0335216412
ISBN-13
9780335216413
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
2006
Publication Date
2006-12-31
Subtitle
Spaces and Places, Risks and Challenge
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
1st
Pages
162
Illustrations
Yes
Series
UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Education OUP
Audience
College/Higher Education