Natural Playscapes and Outdoor Education
About this issue
This issue focuses on ‘playscapes’: on how nature or natural elements have been incorporated into playgrounds; and how other, virtual, artificial or ‘smart’ elements of play are competing, complementing or otherwise influencing the way children and young adults are experiencing the outdoors and how and what they are learning there. The contributions include examples of outdoor play and learning in Europe, the United States and Mexico and, importantly, they give voice to practitioners as well as academics.
Guest Editor: DEIKE PETERS
Rethinking ‘Playscapes’ in the Built Environment
When There’s Nothing but Nature: The Danish Experience with Natural Playscapes
What are Schoolchildren doing Out There? Children’s Perspectives on Affordances in Unedited Places
‘Adventure Playgrounds’, ‘Nature’ and ‘Learning’: Disrupting Lofty Notions
WENDY RUSSELL, JOHN FITZPATRICK and BRIDGET HANDSCOMB
Mobile Augmented Reality and Outdoor Education
MATTIAS ARVOLA, INGER EDFORSS FUCHS, INGEMAR NYMAN and ANDERS SZCZEPANSKI
Smart Playgrounds? Using Smart and Interactive Technologies to Combat Playground Underutilization
When Tech Enhances Play in Nature: ListenTree
- Publication Review
- Cover photo: This snail-shaped mound in the Naturlegepladsen i Valbyparken, Copenhagen is very popular with children (Design and photo: Helle Nebelong) .