Affordances for Risky Play in Preschool: The Importance of Features in the Play Environment

The results show that both play environments afford an extensive amount of risky play among the children, and that the degree of mobility license tolerated by the staff is an important factor for the children to actualize these affordances

Ellen Beate Hansen Sandseter


Scholarcy highlights

  • The purpose of this article is to qualitatively explore the affordances for risky play in two different preschool outdoor environments, an ordinary preschool playground and a nature playground, based on Gibson theory of affordances and Heft’s and Kytteä’s extended work on this theory
  • Paper presented at the CECDE conference: Questions of quality, Dublin Castle
  • The extent of children’s independent mobility and the number of actualized affordances as criteria for child-friendly environments

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