Adult decisions on students’ play within primary school playgrounds

Barbara Chancellor, Brendon Hyndman

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Building upon a recently published study that investigated the contours/lines of force that shape the moral geographies of playgrounds through management and supervision process, this chapter raises questions for supervising teachers to consider about how and why they make the decisions they do about children’s play and the consequences of their decisions. It also questions choices to control students’ play by establishing rigid boundaries and instead discusses positioning students in decision-making roles where teachers have opportunities to mentor these processes rather than dominate them. By reporting on supervising teachers’ play ‘biases and agendas’, teachers may be encouraged to reconsider the play they observe in a new light, thus increasing play opportunities for students and increasing their health and wellbeing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary school playground strategies for healthy students
EditorsBrendon Hyndman
Place of PublicationGateway East, Singapore
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789811047381
ISBN (Print)9789811047374
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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