Recreation and Play Spaces

Base Knowledge

Not applicable

Teaching Methodologies

The study program will be taught in sessions where fundamental concepts and the state of the art for this
subject are presented. These sessions are complemented with students’ practical research in bibliographic
databases and their consequent discussion in class. It also asked the students some practical work,
consisting of RPS observation and evaluation.
To study for this subject, school’s e-learning platform and the referred bibliographic documents shall be used.
The course’s evaluation consists of a work about the characterization and safety assessment of a Recreation
and Play Space.

Learning Results

1. To know the classification taxonomies for Recreation and Play Spaces (RPS).
2. To study the RPS and recreational equipment affordances on the development of motor behaviors and their
suitability for different ages and developmental levels.
3. To know rules and safety requirements for RPS and its associated equipment and play materials.
4. To know the design or adequacy principles for RPS.
Skills
1. To identify, classify and interpret the appropriate spaces for physical activities and motor skills and
understand the necessary conditions to conduct these activities in a safely manner.
2. To study the influence of space, equipment and play materials on child development.
3. To know the organizational design of play areas and equipment types.
4. To know how to fit spaces and recreational equipment according to different levels of child development and
their playing motor behaviors.

Program

1. Taxonomy of Recreation and Play Spaces (RPS).
2. Types of equipment and play materials to RPS.
3. Recreation and Play Spaces’ Affordances in the development of children motor behavior.
4. RPS adequacy to different levels of child development;
5. Safety principles and standards for RPS and equipments.
6. Design and safety of RPS.
7. The (new) cybernetic RPS.

Curricular Unit Teachers

Grading Methods

Evaluation
  • - The course’s evaluation consists of a work about the characterization and safety assessment of a Recreation and Play Space. - 100.0%

Internship(s)

NAO

Bibliography

Correia, A. (1989). Planeamento do espaço de jogo infantil. Lisboa: Ministério da Educação. DGD.
Fernandes, R. (1988). Segurança nos espaços de jogo infantil. Lisboa: Ministério da Educação. DGD.
Greater London Authority (2005). Guide to preparing play strategies: Planning inclusive play spaces and
opportunities for all London’s children and young people. London: GLA Pub.
Neto, C. & Barreiros, J. (1986). Os espaços de jogo (Caderno 3). Cacilhas: Câmara Municipal do Seixal – Sector
Desporto.
NP EN 1176-1. (1998). Equipamentos para espaços de jogo e recreio. Parte 1: Requisitos gerais de segurança e
métodos de ensaio. Monte de Caparica: Instituto Português da Qualidade.
Silva, C., Rainho, I., & Mendes, R. (2006). Estudo da segurança dos Espaços de Jogo e Recreio das instituições
de Educação Pré-Escolar do concelho de Montemor-o-Velho in: Cadernos de Educação de Infância, nº 78. pp.
18-22. Lisboa: Associação dos Profissionais de Educação de Infância.