Postgraduate Dissertation

How do pupils relate to the playground spaces and places available to them during free play? A case study of 10 and 11 year old pupils.


Current views on human connections with space and place describe a relationship that is in a state of fluidity and change, constantly under construction, but for children, as for adults, this relationship informs and enhances their experience and quality of life. In western cultures, the opportunities for children to develop their own autonomous connections with place are being increasingly eroded; their physical world is dominated and designed by an adult narrative. The aim of this case study is to explore the ways in which children are able to relate to the spaces and places available to them in their free play, giving them a participatory voice in the research through photography and discussion. I aim to gain some insights into the ways in which they ‘see’ their environment , and consider how this understanding might inform the provision of more meaningful ‘childhood spaces’ rather just adult defined ‘spaces for children’.

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Willson, Helen


Supervisors: Payne, Rachel

Oxford Brookes departments

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences\School of Education

Degree programme

MA Education



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