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Psychological Science and Education

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1814-2052

ISSN (online): 2311-7273


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The Attractiveness of Street Children Playgrounds. An Empirical Study 1729


Kotliar I.A.
PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Dubna State University Research Associate, Center of Applied Psychological and Pedagogical Studies, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Dubna, Russia

Sokolova M.V.
PhD in Psychology, Senior Scientist, Center of Psychology and Educational Expertise of Play and Toys, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

We present author’s method of estimating the attractiveness of urban street children playgrounds using activity observation of 997 visitors (both children and adults), which was held on the 16 venues of Moscow, in August and September, 2013. We recorded playgrounds attendance during the day, the ways of using objects by children, the behavior of the adults who come with children. We revealed that the objects have unequal attractiveness and stimulate different types of users activity – both following the logic of the object, and “breaking” it. Adults who come with children, supervised children’s activity, entered children’s game or organized it.

Keywords: children’s environment, playground, play, communication, activities

Column: Development trajectories and development space

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