- Language: English
- 408 Pages
- Published: November 2011
- Region: Global
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Children's Place Exploration. Edition No. 1
- Published: February 2009
- Region: Global
- 292 Pages
- VDM Publishing House
This study focuses on the geographic exploration of
ten-year-old children in New York City. It
investigates their ways of discovering and learning
about different local places in New York City and the
factors that influence their geographic exploration.
These questions are answered by using multiple
methodologies. Research methods included open-ended
interviews with children and parents, child-produced
atlases, child-notebooks, and informal observations
of each child’s home and immediate outdoor environments.
This study is concerned with improving children’s
lives in New York City and thereby more generally
urban settings, which possess a contradictory nature
as rich places for learning and exploration and as
challenging places within which to raise children.
It addresses how parents deal with these urban
ecologies, and documents the consequences of these
urban contradictions for children. As such it has
implications for urban design and policies; can
contribute to the field of education -- geographic
education and curriculum that recognizes children’s
everyday modes of learning; and raises issues of
importance to the healthy development of urban children.
Harouna Ba, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist at the Education
Development Center’s Center for Children and Technology, an
independent nonprofit research organization based in New York
City. Dr. Ba’s research has focused on the link between
children’s place exploration, learning, and design; and the
ecologies of children’s computing.