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Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto)

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RAYMUNDO, Luana dos Santos; KUHNEN, Ariane  and  SOARES, Lia Brioschi. Behavioral mapping: observation of children in a preschool playground. Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto) [online]. 2011, vol.21, n.50, pp.431-435. ISSN 0103-863X.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S0103-863X2011000300016.

This paper describes the application of behavioral mapping centered on the space of a preschool playground. This technique, characteristic of Environmental Psychology, relates the studied behavior to the place where it occurs. A total of 65 children, aged 3 to 5 years old, from a school participated in the study. The planning process involved the definition of 11 behavioral categories. This paper presents part of the results and reveals that children had a preference for certain areas of the space. We discuss the importance of observational studies with easy coding to be implemented in practical interventions in the studied context.

Keywords : environmental psychology; observation methods; childhood play behavior.

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