"I don't like seeing 'land sold' signs!": Children's Views about their community

Published 13th August 2014

Despite the importance of community in mitigating the problems associated with disadvantage in children's lives, there are very few studies which seek to understand what is important about community to primary-school aged children from their perspective. Using Photovoice, this study sought to address this gap in the literature and hear from children about their likes and dislikes about the community in which they live. Photovoice was employed with 33 primary-school aged children in a regional Australian primary school, with 26 children later interviewed. Findings highlighted the importance that children placed on their natural environment and the areas which facilitate their play and recreation. It also showed how children believed that the maintenance of such areas contributed to their sense of health and wellbeing. This paper concludes with recommendations for future research and practice.


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Editorial Article