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Children’s preferences for schoolyard features and understanding of ecosystem service innovations – a study in five Swedish preschools
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Learning Practices inside and outside School (LPS), Sustainability Education Research (SER).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3199-6755
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Learning Practices inside and outside School (LPS), Sustainability Education Research (SER).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0117-2974
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Learning Practices inside and outside School (LPS), Plats, Identitet, Lärande (PIL).
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Learning Practices inside and outside School (LPS), Sustainability Education Research (SER).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2561-612x
2021 (English)In: Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, ISSN 1472-9679, E-ISSN 1754-0402, Vol. 21, no 3, p. 230-246Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Sustainable development
Sustainable Development
Abstract [en]

This study was carried out within a project to promote health and ecosystem services, ?the benefits people obtain from ecosystems?, in preschools in Sweden. The paper applies the concept ?affordance? to capture the functional meaning that children assign to different material aspects of their schoolyards before and after the installation of additional environmental features. The findings from walk-and-talks with 23 preschool children highlight what features children preferred in their yards and why. Few children showed spontaneous attention to the installed features, e.g. insect hotels. This might be more because children were not enough involved within the schoolyard development and experienced little guided exploration of environmental affordances, rather than a lack of interest per se. Given this, we suggest that development projects to upgrade schoolyards for improved ecosystem services should involve children in the design of the ecosystem services promoting features throughout the development work, and thereby, integrally, promote ecological literacy.

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Taylor & Francis, 2021. Vol. 21, no 3, p. 230-246
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Outdoor environment, affordance, schoolyard, ecosystem services, preschool
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-48863DOI: 10.1080/14729679.2020.1773879ISI: 000543440000001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85087055103Local ID: HOA;;1435506OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-48863DiVA, id: diva2:1435506
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2016-20101Available from: 2020-06-05 Created: 2020-06-05 Last updated: 2022-07-22Bibliographically approved

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