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Where to next for school playground interventions to encourage active play? An exploration of structured and unstructured school playground strategies

Hyndman, Brendon (2015). Where to next for school playground interventions to encourage active play? An exploration of structured and unstructured school playground strategies. Journal of Occupational Therapy Schools and Early Intervention,8(1):56-67.

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Title Where to next for school playground interventions to encourage active play? An exploration of structured and unstructured school playground strategies
Author Hyndman, Brendon
Journal Name Journal of Occupational Therapy Schools and Early Intervention
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 8
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1941-1243   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
eISSN 1941-1251
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84930152999
Start Page 56
End Page 67
Total Pages 12
Place of Publication United States
Publisher Routledge
Language English
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract An emerging public health priority is to enhance children’s opportunities for active play. Children spend a large proportion of weekdays in schools, making schools an influential and suitable setting to promote children’s active play. Rather than continually increasing the burdens placed upon busy teaching staff, the use of school playgrounds interventions have emerged as a critical strategy within schools to facilitate and develop children’s active play via an informal curriculum. This scholarly article provides a research-based commentary on a range of school playground interventions to encourage both structured and unstructured active play opportunities. Additionally, future research directions for school playground research to encourage children’s active play will be discussed. Teachers, educational leaders, designers, researchers and play professionals can consider the findings from this paper for future school playground intervention and planning to facilitate children’s active play within school playgrounds.
Keywords Early intervention
Child
Education
Play
Playground
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19411243.2015.1014956   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
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Additional Notes Accepted version pp.1-21
 
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Created: Mon, 02 Feb 2015, 10:15:48 CST by Brendon Hyndman