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Title: Spatial affordances for preschool children's social interactions in childcare environment
Author: Huang, Junjie
ISNI:       0000 0004 6424 1401
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2017
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Understanding human behaviour in the built environment has long been a vital interest to most architects. It relates to the essential need to design a suitable building for society. Gibson's affordance theory offers an insight into the behavioural potential that the environment can provide to human beings. A number of researchers have adopted affordance theory in their studies of children's environment. While most of these studies focused on children's physical activities, the knowledge of the affordances for children's social interaction is yet to be explored in depth. By employing the focused ethnographic approach, this research conducted its fieldwork in a childcare centre in Sheffield and studied the preschool children's social interactions during their free play sessions in both the outdoor and indoor environment. The study deconstructs the childcare environment by means of behavioural affordances and demonstrates a typical taxonomy of children's social interactions in the childcare environment, followed by in-depth interpretation of case social interaction events. The study proposes a methodology to conduct focused ethnographic research in the spatial design field, and establishes an affordance correspondence framework between children's social behaviours and environmental features, and further suggests a range of design guidelines towards a children-centred, diversified, and supportive childcare environment. Following this study, further research can be expected in the area of children's environmental perception, interest, decision-making as well as affordance design in the built environment.
Supervisor: Parnell, Rosie ; Cerulli, Cristina Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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