Professionals concerned with the quality of children's relationships with the natural environment (areas that consist primarily of features formed by nature, as opposed to man made), as well as the potential developmental effects of these relationships, have voiced concern for the environmental needs of children living in urban areas. Previously, researchers (Cronin-Jones, 2005; Matthews, 1985; Tamotseli, 2010) have used drawing analysis as a means by which to gain insight into children's relationships with their environment. The development and use of this methodology was a central feature of the current research. Children from New York City attending a school in suburban New York were asked to respond to five drawing prompts about the physical environment. Unstructured interviews accompanied the drawing prompts. Interviews and drawings were analyzed using rubrics developed by previous researchers. The research indicated participants had less positive associations with their neighborhood, and more positive associations with their favorite place, play areas, and natural areas. Future research into the use and benefits of natural play environments, specifically adventure playgrounds, in urban areas is discussed. The need for more extensive research on children's environmental perspectives in urban environments is discussed as well.
|School:||Sarah Lawrence College|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Kinesiology, Developmental psychology|
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