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Engaging children in activities beyond the classroom walls: A social-ecological exploration of Australian primary school children's enjoyment of school play activities

Hyndman, Brendon and Chancellor, Barbara (2015). Engaging children in activities beyond the classroom walls: A social-ecological exploration of Australian primary school children's enjoyment of school play activities. Journal of Playwork Practice,2(2):117-141.

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IRMA ID 84550754xPUB38
Title Engaging children in activities beyond the classroom walls: A social-ecological exploration of Australian primary school children's enjoyment of school play activities
Author Hyndman, Brendon
Chancellor, Barbara
Journal Name Journal of Playwork Practice
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 2
Issue Number 2
ISSN 2053-1621   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
eISSN 2053-163X
Start Page 117
End Page 141
Total Pages 25
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Policy Press
Language English
Field of Research EDUCATION
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract As children spend a significant amount of time in schools each week, it is vital that playwork practitioners develop an improved awareness relating to the influences on children’s enjoyment of school play activities. The purpose of the present study was to assess children’s enjoyment of school play activities beyond the classroom walls, including the type of play activities children enjoy and age and gender-specific enjoyment levels. Within the study, the Lunchtime Enjoyment of Activity and Play (LEAP) questionnaire was administered to 281 children aged 8-12-years-old attending three primary schools in regional Victoria, Australia. The LEAP questionnaire was used to measure Australian primary school children’s enjoyment of school play activities. In order for age and gender-specific comparisons to be made for the LEAP questionnaire categories, a chi-square statistical test was conducted. The findings revealed that females had a significantly higher enjoyment compared to males for a range of school play activities including walking, using imagination, creating and making things, climbing, hiding, sliding, sitting, resting/relaxing, being active, tag games, changing play activity and playing with more natural features. Males had a significantly higher enjoyment compared to females for playing when it’s hot and using sports equipment. Younger children had significantly higher enjoyment for using imagination, creating and making things, hiding, playing inside and changing play location. With understandings of the types of school play activities that are most enjoyable to children during school play, educators, playwork practitioners and school decision makers can employ the social-ecological model insight gained within the current study to guide future school-based planning and design.
Keywords Physical activity
Playgrounds
Plawork practice
Primary school
Recess
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/205316215X14454218579212   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
Open access False
Additional Notes Accepted version pp.1-24
 
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Created: Fri, 04 Sep 2015, 19:53:52 CST by Brendon Hyndman