Kindergartens' landscape : the effect of outdoor play space on children's play and performances / Wan Azlina Wan Ismail

Wan Azlina, Wan Ismail (2011) Kindergartens' landscape : the effect of outdoor play space on children's play and performances / Wan Azlina Wan Ismail. Masters thesis, University of Malaya.

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                    Abstract

                    Playing and moving are central in young children’s lives. Allowing the children to experience the natural and man-made elements in their school environment would develop their cognitive, physical, and social abilities. This study investigates the impact of playing in outdoor play space on physical skills or motor development of kindergarten children. The outdoor play spaces of four kindergartens’ playground were selected to be evaluated in the case study afterwards. The research aim is to identify the landscape features (natural and man-made) in the playground areas that offer challenge in children play. Data of the children performances were elicited using a phenomenological approaches by employed three major strategies include interviews, observation and behaviour mapping as well as children participatory drawing project. The data gathered from two sources: teachers and staffs as well as the kindergarten’s children. The data were analysed using descriptive statistics and content analysis. The data advocated that the children performed dynamically during play activities in outdoor play area particularly when they attached to the natural environment. Based on Theory of Affordances applied in this study, the results showed that the effect of outdoor play space on children’s play and performances were higher when they experienced the natural and man-made elements directly. The study concluded that the landscape features (natural and man-made) in outdoor environments fostered the physical skill of kindergarten’s children and it should be incorporated in the design of a kindergarten.

                    Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
                    Additional Information: Dissertation submitted in fulfilment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Science (Architecture)
                    Uncontrolled Keywords: Playgrounds Design and construction; Play environments; Landscape design; Rekabentuk perbandaran; Urban design
                    Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
                    Divisions: Faculty of the Built Environment
                    Depositing User: Nurul Aslini Ariffin
                    Date Deposited: 08 May 2013 11:50
                    Last Modified: 31 Dec 2013 17:07
                    URI: http://studentsrepo.um.edu.my/id/eprint/3581

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