The Intentional Use of Outdoor Spaces as Experiential Learning Opportunities for Fostering the Physical and Social Development of Children
Temple, Diana (Nana)
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Play and exploration are significant elements of the human experience, and are particularly important in the lives of kids. The purpose of the following paper is to draw connections between play as an experiential learning opportunity that fosters the development of children, and furthermore, how this experiential process manifests in the intentional use of outdoor spaces. After an examination of an experiential learning model, this paper identifies play as an important experiential process in child development. It also recognizes outdoor spaces as useful environments for promoting child development through play and exploration. Using this framework, this paper will create a proposal that selects various elements to include in a hypothetical park, will demonstrate how the intentional use of such an outdoor space follows the cycle of experiential learning, and how this can potentially foster important domains of child development.