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Research on Designs for a child-friendly city

Posted in Research by Ferne Edwards on March 2nd, 2009

This abstract about “Designs for a child-friendly city” by Karen Malone was published on Australian Policy Online. It discusses important issues of a child’s need to be able to explore a city – to meet their neighbours and see nature in the streets – for their own development. For this to occur, cities must be created to allow children the space and safety to explore. To view the full text published in Curriculum Leadership click here.

Ideally, towns and cities should be the site where children socialise, observe and learn how society functions. They should also be places where children can find refuge, discover nature and find tolerant and caring adults who will encourage them to explore and wonder about their world.A generation ago, children were far more likely to play independently in their own neighbourhood than they are today. The child’s right to free play in a city is something we may be giving away too lightly.

To view the complete article click here.