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I am a senior lecturer in child development in the Department of Educational Studies.  I have a PhD in developmental psychology.  My PhD research was in young children's outdoor play and learning and I continue to conduct research in this area.  I am a chief investigator in a multidisciplinary team known as the Sydney Playground Project.  We have investigated a range of physical and social outcomes for young children following our outdoor play intervention.  Future research directions include an examination of outdoor play and executive functions.  I also have an interest in disabilities, particularly low vision and blindness.

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Girls’ perspectives on the ideal school playground experience: an exploratory study of four Australian primary schools

Snow, D., Bundy, A., Tranter, P., Wyver, S., Naughton, G., Ragen, J. & Engelen, L., 2019, In : Children's Geographies. 17, 2, p. 148-161 14 p.

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primary school

Professional attitudes towards children’s risk-taking in play: insights into influencing factors in Dutch contexts

van Rooijen, M., Lensvelt-Mulders, G., Wyver, S. & Duyndam, J., 4 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning.

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Growth and Development
Decision Making

Early childhood education environments: affordances for risk-taking and physical activity in play

Wyver, S. & Little, H., 2018, Physical activity and health promotion in the early years: effective strategies for early childhood educators. Brewer, H. & Renck Jalongo, M. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, Springer Nature, p. 41-55 15 p. (Educating the young child: advances in theory and research, implications for practice; vol. 14).

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Guest Editor's introduction [Special issue: Outdoor play and learning]

Wyver, S., May 2018, In : Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education. 12, 2, p. 1-5 5 p.

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Open Access
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