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Children's perspectives on neighbourhood barriers and enablers to active school travel: A participatory mapping study: Children's perspectives on active school travel

Wilson, Katherine; Coen, Stephanie E.; Piaskoski, Angela; Gilliland, Jason A.

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Katherine Wilson

Angela Piaskoski

Jason A. Gilliland



Abstract

Children today are spending more sedentary time indoors than time playing and being active outdoors. The daily journey to and from school represents a valuable opportunity for children to be physically active through active school travel. The majority of research on children's active school travel omits children from the research process even though children interpret their environments in fundamentally different ways than adults. Our research uses innovative participatory mapping and qualitative GIS methods to examine how children's perceptions of their environments influence their school journey experiences. Through our thematic analysis of 25 map‐based focus groups, we identified three main themes characterizing barriers and enablers to active school travel: safety‐related, material, and affective features. By positioning children as experts of their environments in our participatory methodology, our findings provide an important counterpoint to the adultist privilege characterizing the majority of research on children's active school travel. Environmental features that mattered for children's school journeys took on multiple meanings in their eyes, demonstrating that children's perspectives must be engaged to inform interventions to promote active school travel. We thus argue that identifying barriers and enablers to active school travel for children requires engaging children's views.

Citation

Wilson, K., Coen, S. E., Piaskoski, A., & Gilliland, J. A. (2018). Children's perspectives on neighbourhood barriers and enablers to active school travel: A participatory mapping study: Children's perspectives on active school travel. Canadian Geographer / Géographe canadien, 63(1), 112-128. https://doi.org/10.1111/cag.12488

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 13, 2018
Online Publication Date Sep 12, 2018
Publication Date Sep 12, 2018
Deposit Date Jan 21, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jan 22, 2019
Journal The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien
Print ISSN 0008-3658
Electronic ISSN 1541-0064
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 63
Issue 1
Pages 112-128
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/cag.12488
Keywords Earth-Surface Processes; Geography, Planning and Development
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1485034
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/cag.12488

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