1st Edition

Place, Pedagogy and Play Participation, Design and Research with Children

Edited By Matluba Khan, Simon Bell, Jenny Wood Copyright 2020
    248 Pages 100 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    248 Pages 100 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Place, Pedagogy and Play connects landscape architecture with education, psychology, public health and planning. Over the course of thirteen chapters it examines how design and research of places can be approached through multiple lenses – of pedagogy and play and how children, as competent social agents, are engaged in the process of designing their own spaces – and brings a global perspective to the debate around child-friendly environments.

    Despite growing evidence of the benefits of nature for health, wellbeing, play and learning, children are increasingly spending more time indoors. Indeed, new policy ideas and public campaigns suggest how children can become better connected with nature, yet linking outdoor space to pedagogy is largely overlooked in research. By focusing on three themes within these debates, place and play; place and pedagogy; and place and participation, this book explores a variety of angles to show that best practice requires dialogue between research disciplines, designers, educationists and psychologists, and a move beyond seeing the spaces children inhabit as the domain only of childhood professionals.

    Through illustrated case studies this book presents a wider picture of the state of childhood today, and offers practical solutions and further research avenues that promote a more holistic and internationally focused perspective on place, pedagogy and play for built-environment professionals.

    Chapter 12 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. 


    Professor Robin Moore

    [Professor of Landscape Architecture, NC State College of Design]


    Professor Catharine Ward Thompson

    [Professor of Landscape Architecture, the University of Edinburgh]


    Simon Bell, Matluba Khan and Jenny Wood

    Introduction to Part 1: Place and Play

    Simon Bell, Estonian University of Life Sciences

    Chapter 1: The impacts of outdoor play environment intervention on children’s play behaviour in the context of Canada

    Janet Loebach and Heidi Campbell, Thrive Design Consulting (Ontario, Canada)

    Chapter 2: Manufactured Play Equipment or Loose Parts? This is the Question. Which play materials encourage more creative play amongst children in Scottish nurseries?

    Reyhaneh Mozaffar, University of Edinburgh

    Chapter 3: Growing up in Beijing: Children’s outdoor play experiences in the historic protected inner city area.

    Pai Tang and Helen Woolley, University of Sheffield

    Chapter 4: The impact of kindergarten play landscape design on children’s play behaviour and development: the case of Tartu, Estonia

    Bhavna Mishra, Aalto University

    Chapter 5: Reflections on a study of sensory gardens for children with special educational needs in England

    Hazreena Hussein, University of Malaya

    Introduction to Part 2: Place and Pedagogy

    Matluba Khan, University College London

    Chapter 6: Turning the classroom inside out: How enhancing the indoor-outdoor relationship of space can improve science learning in preschool classrooms

    Muntazar Monsur, North Carolina State University

    Chapter 7: Enacting participatory learning in the Early Years through a place-based approach.

    Kirsten Darling-McQuistan, University of Aberdeen

    Chapter 8: Encounter, Touch, Affiliation and Surrender: Knowing nature for better teaching and learning in Scotland

    Cathy Francis, University of Aberdeen

    Chapter 9: Closing the attainment gap in Scottish education: the case for outdoors as a learning environment in early primary school

    Jamie Hamilton, Heriot-Watt University

    Chapter 10: A schoolyard design for pedagogy and play in Bangladesh: does it have an impact on children?

    Matluba Khan University College London and Simon Bell, University of Edinburgh

    Chapter 11: Can active play encourage physical literacy in children and young people?

    Patrizio De Rossi, University of Stirling

    Introduction to Part 3: Place and Participation

    Jenny Wood, Heriot-Watt University

    Chapter 12: Planning for Heterotopia: Towards a spatial theory of children’s participation

    Jenny Wood, Heriot-Watt University

    Chapter 13: The Chair Project: co-creation through material play

    Simon Beeson, Arts University Bournemouth

    Chapter 14: Children's perspectives on green space management in Sweden and Denmark

    Märit Jansson and Inger Lerstrup, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

    Chapter 15: Planning for equity in Sweden- insights from the perspective of the girl

    Angelica Akerman, Rebecca Rubin, and Moa Lindunger, White Arkitekter, Gothenburg

    Chapter 16: Opportunities and Challenges for young People's Participation in Chinese urban planning: reflections on the experiences of emerging adults

    Yupeng Ren, University of Dundee



    Simon Bell, Matluba Khan and Jenny Wood


    Matluba Khan PhD is a Lecturer in Urban Design at Cardiff University. She is an architect and landscape architect from Bangladesh and her doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh focused on co-design, development and evaluation of outdoor learning environments in elementary schools in Bangladesh. She co-founded the charity A Place in Childhood (APiC) with Dr Jenny Wood in 2018.


    Simon Bell PhD, CMLA studied forestry at the University of Bangor, landscape architecture at the University of Edinburgh and took his PhD at the Estonian University of Life Sciences. He is co-director of the OPENspace Research Centre at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh and Chair Professor of landscape architecture at the Estonian University of Life Sciences. He was president of the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS) between 2012 and 2018.


    Jenny Wood PhD is a Research Associate in the Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) at Heriot-Watt University. She gained her PhD in children’s rights and the Scottish town planning system in 2016, and currently contributes to research on homelessness and poverty. She co-founded A Place in Childhood (APiC) with Dr Matluba Khan in 2018.