Category Archives: 2003

The Neighborhood Atlas Project: An example of participatory action research in geography education

In this paper I present a model for participatory action research (PAR) in geography education with middle school teachers and students to learn about children’s perspectives of their community, and thus their knowledge of local geography. This PAR model was developed in an extra-curricular geography program in a New York City public middle … Continue Reading ››

Roger Hart on Colin Ward and Tony Fyson, in First Steps: A Primer on the Geographies of Children’s Youth

After completing a PhD on the geography of children in the mid 1970’s I was looking for a useful way to continue this work. A quietly radical couple of fellows housed in the education unit of the Town and Country Planning Association in London pointed me in the right direction - Colin Ward, anarchist and writer with experience in architecture and teaching, and … Continue Reading ››

Containing children: some lessons on planning for play from New York City

This paper relates the history of playground provision in New York to changing conceptions of childhood, and specifically to a felt need to ’contain’ children in order to keep them off the streets, safe from traffic and unsavoury influences – a trend that children have tended to resist. Playgrounds most … Continue Reading ››