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Förskolans lekmiljö och dess utformning: En intervjustudie med pedagoger
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Preschools play environment and its design : An interview study with educators (English)
Abstract [en]


The purpose of this study is to find out how educators think about the design of play environment and its significance for the development and learning of the children. This study is based on qualitative interviews with five active educators. The results of the study show that the educators are looking out for the interest of the children to the largest extent possible when the play environments are designed. The theoretical outset of this study is based on a socio-cultural perspective.

The result of the study also shows that the educators try to have as much materials available and visible for the children as possible. The educators pointed out that usage of recycled material is really important. Recycled materials leave plenty of opportunities for the children to use their imagination and creativity. For the educators to be able to provide motivational activity zones there has to be a wide variety of inspiring materials at preschools. This leads to development and learning for the children.

Furthermore the result showed that the educators regarded large children’s groups as obstacles. The facilities of preschools are too small for these large groups. It affects sound levels, indoor temperatures and humidity inside the facilities. In addition the results showed that the ability to design good play environments is dependent on preschools having educated staff. Also evidence was found supporting the fact that there are staff shortages, which according to the educators, mean that it is difficult to create optimal play environments.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 35 p.
Keyword [en]
Development, educator, learning, material, play environment, socio-cultural perspective
Keyword [sv]
Lekmiljö, lärande, material, pedagog, sociokulturellt perspektiv, utveckling
National Category
Humanities Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-43777OAI: diva2:944685
Subject / course
Educational program
Early Years Education Programme, 210 hp
Available from: 2016-06-30 Created: 2016-06-29 Last updated: 2016-06-30Bibliographically approved

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