Creating a child-friendly environment: An interpretation of children’s drawings from planned neighborhood parks of lucknow city

Mohit Kumar Agarwal, Vandana Sehgal, Aurobindo Ogra

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Abstract

The urban environment is a product of many tangible and intangible factors for commu-nities, involving activities, spaces, and users of different age groups. Stakeholder consultation has become an essential part of envisaging any urban space. In general practice, mostly adults’ opinions and suggestions are taken into account, and children are sidelined, even if the issues are related to children. Children are an integral part of the present urbanizing world and are some of its most sensitive and affected users. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child recognizes three P’s: provision, protection, and participation. The third, participation, is a crucial dimension of creating a healthier environment, but it has largely been neglected. The drawing technique is among the methods to gather information directly through the children’s participatory approach. It has been observed that children prefer to express themselves by drawing rather than answering questions and find it easy and enjoyable. This research incorporates drawing as a methodological tool for identifying children’s expectations and understanding their preferences about their ideal neighborhood park. A total of 80 children aged between 6 and 15 years from planned zones of Lucknow city were selected for the research. The results derived from the content and co-relation data analysis techniques highlight that children emphasized physical, perceptional, cognitive, emotional, and social parameters for developing a child-friendly environment in parks and open spaces.

Original languageEnglish
Article number80
JournalSocieties
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021

Keywords

  • Child psychology
  • Child-friendly environment
  • Children research techniques
  • Children’s drawing
  • Urbanization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences

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