Re: Natural features on playgrounds
- Thank you to all those who responded to my post. I now have a much
better conception of what's out there and where I need to go. I will
keep you all posted on my progress and hopefully I will see some of
you at EDRA in Sacramento.
Debarati Majumdar Narayan
Ph.D. Program in Environmental Design and Planning
College of Design
Arizona State University
Ph: (480) 727 6358
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Robin Moore <robin_moore@...> wrote:
> Hello Mimi,
> Thanks Kathleen for prompting this tardy reply.
> I do not know of any validated, reliable measure for vegetation.
> Patrik Grahn <Patrik.Grahn@...> and his colleagues at the
> Swedish Agricultural University must have developed a measure for
> their investigations of Swedish Nursery School outdoor spaces but
> they have not published in English yet.
> For her PhD investigation of associations between preschool
> childcare designed environments and physical activity, Nilda
> <nilda_cosco@...> here at NLI, developed a measure of diversity
> that may be useful.
> Nilda and myself just returned from the Active Living Research
> conference. We are up to speed with the rather thin measurement
> literature specifically related to children's environments. We
> not found anything focused on natural elements. You probably
> want to waste time looking.
> I assume you have been in contact with Frances Kuo and Andrea
> Taylor at the:
> Landscape & Human Health Laboratory
> Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences
> Department of Psychology
> University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
> Urbana, IL 61801
> (217) 244-0393
> And also Nancy Wells at Cornell <nmw2@...> who is conducting
> research on human response to natural environments.
> My advice. Develop your own measure and make a contribution to
> Good luck. There are a bunch of us eagerly waiting for the results.
> On Feb 26, 2007, at 6:10 PM, Kathleen Bagot wrote:
> > Hi there
> > I too am a PhD student and my thesis is looking at primary school
> > playgrounds as restorative environments. Sorry to say, but I
> > unable
> > to locate an established measure that captured the naturalness
> > within the grounds (not just looking into the area from a single
> > point). In turn, I modified existing photograph rating methods
> > addition, calculated vegetation volume (i.e. m3) of each school
> > playground. I would be happy to share these methods in more
> > with
> > you, if you think they may be relevant. Unfortunately though, I
> > think they are exactly what you are after as the photograph
> > method is a measure of "how natural does this scene appear" and
> > vegetation volume method is a measure of "how much vegetation
> > there".
> > Perhaps a combination of one of the forms mentioned earlier
> > with the concept of affordances may be what you're after. You
> > course already be aware of these. [Heft, H. (1988). Affordances
> > children's environments: A functional approach to environmental
> > description. /Children's Environments Quarterly, 5/(3), 29-37.
> > M. (2002). Affordances of children's environments in the context
> > cities, small towns, suburbs and rural villages in Finland and
> > Belarus.
> > /Journal of Environmental Psychology, 22/, 109-123.].
> > I also came across a web site recently for Active Living
> > which
> > has a couple of items that may help. One is a reference list
> > "Measuring the environment". It seems to have some articles
> > look at
> > the relationship between environmental features and physical
> > There may be something there that might suit or provide another
> > to search.
> > http://www.activelivingresearch.org/index.php/
> > Measuring_the_Environment/178
> > There was also a list of "Park Audit tools".
> > Again, maybe something there may be what you're after.
> > Anyway, I hope that this is of some help to you. It can be quite
> > arduous looking for the right measure. I'd be interested in
> > what you eventually select.
> > Good luck with your thesis.
> > Kathleen
> > ****************************************************************
> > Kathleen Bagot
> > PhD Candidate
> > School of Psychology, Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine
> > Monash University, Victoria, 3800
> > Australia
> > ph: +61 3 9905 9448
> > fx: +61 3 9905 3948
> > kathleen.bagot@...
> > miminarayan wrote:
> >> I am a Ph.D. student at Arizona State University. My
> >> an investigation of opportunities natural features on preschool
> >> playgrounds provide for play. So, for observing and
> >> play behaviors, I am using a modified play observation scale
> >> In terms of the natural environment of the playground however,
> >> trying to find some established taxonomy or classification
> >> that
> >> can help me operationalize and define natural features. Does
> >> know of such an existing classification system at the scale of a
> >> playground?
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