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outdoor play, risk taking dissertation

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by vixie23, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. Hey, I was thinking of doing my dissertation on outdoor play, maybe risk taking. I have no idea though what my title could be, what I am wanting to find out as there is already alot of research out there. I need to have a method to carry the research out too, if anyone can help it would be grateful, thanks
     
  2. Any ideas would be really helpful I am getting really worked up over it :( x
     
  3. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/australian_journal_of_early_childhood/ajec_index_abstracts/outdoor_play_does_avoiding_the_risks_reduce_the_benefits.html
    http://www.stichtingoase.nl/literatuur/doc/doc_73.pdf
    http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=outdoor%20play%20and%20risk%20taking%20in%20the%20early%20years&source=web&cd=9&ved=0CFoQFjAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tactyc.org.uk%2Fppt%2F2010conf_Tovey.ppt&ei=zWIRT8fPJYn2sgbCtsw6&usg=AFQjCNHRi0823UchUMoS5jb3NZJJAken0A&cad=rja
    http://www.communityplaythings.co.uk/resources/articles/outdoor-play.html
     
  4. Hi, I am thinking of doing my dissertation on this but am having the same worries and thoughts as you. May I ask what you decided on please for some inspiration.

    Thanks
     
  5. Surely if you're thinking about doing it for your dissertation, you have to be interested in it!

    I knew straight away what I wanted to focus mine on and how I wanted to write it. I could not have spent so much time on one assignment unless I was so interested in the chosen topic.

    My focus was on forest schools as this was something I had been involved in for a while with a primary school. The over arching theme was is forest school beneficial and a look at risk management and risk taking within that setting.

    Data collection methods were through interview and observation.
     
  6. rosiecg

    rosiecg Occasional commenter

    Agreed - you need to be interested and have an idea of what you want to find out and why. There is a LOT of research on risk in the early years already, particularly regarding outdoor learning and forest schools. Sara Knight has written several books on the subject which you will probably find useful. Tim Louv's Last Child in the Woods is pretty good too and has lots of links to other authors and reports.
     
  7. I used a couple of Sara Knight's books as well as Tim Louv's in my dissertation. Both very good authors in their fields.
     

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