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Biodiverse or barren school grounds : their effects on children

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dc.contributor.author Samborski, Sylvia
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-06T18:24:59Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-06T18:24:59Z
dc.date.copyright 2010 en_US
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Samborski, Sylvia (2010). “Biodiverse or Barren School Grounds: Their Effects on Children.” Children, Youth and Environments 20(2): 67-115. Retrieved [date] from http://www.colorado.edu/journals/cye. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/4336
dc.description.abstract This child-centered study compares the effects on children of two Canadian public school grounds chosen for maximum variability of vegetation, one (Strawberry Vale Elementary) richly biodiverse, the other (Glanford Elementary) still relatively barren at the time of the study. A total of 349 students (grades 1 to 7, aged 6 to 13) participated by 1) indicating their use of the school ground through drawings, 2) stating their preferences for various school ground elements through a survey, and 3) sharing their perceptions of each school ground through group brainstorming sessions and individual “walkabout” interviews on the grounds. Results of the analyses indicated that on the biodiversified school ground the quality of the children’s outdoor experience was richer, the children’s stated preferences more diverse and more oriented toward nature, and the use of their outdoor environment more complex. This was especially true for primary children (grades 1 to 3, aged 6 to 9) and intermediate girls, but less so for the intermediate boys (intermediate: grades 4 to 7, aged 10 to 13). The biodiverse school ground afforded children more opportunities for functional, constructive and symbolic play. It also offered children more places for reflection and conversation. This research has implications for curricular integration of environmental education and the healthy development of children. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Children, Youth and Environments (CYE) Journal en_US
dc.subject children en_US
dc.subject nature en_US
dc.subject school grounds en_US
dc.subject children's perspectives en_US
dc.subject dens en_US
dc.subject affordances en_US
dc.subject learning through play en_US
dc.subject biodiverse en_US
dc.subject landscape ecology en_US
dc.subject environmental attitudes en_US
dc.title Biodiverse or barren school grounds : their effects on children en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US


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