Children’s Views of Independent Mobility during Their School Travels

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Romero, Vivian (2010) Children’s Views of Independent Mobility during Their School Travels. Children, Youth and Environments, 20 (2). pp. 46-66. ISSN 1546-2250


There is limited understanding of the influence of children's independent mobility on their school travel experiences. This paper aims to understand these experiences in light of children's levels of accompaniment and the things that are of interest to them as they travel. Employing written questionnaires and focus group discussions, research was undertaken with 178 children (aged 9-11 years) in Sydney, Australia. Children who walked alone or were accompanied by siblings or peers during their school trips reported more features that provided them with a source of interest than those accompanied by parents. Traveling without adult supervision provided children with increased opportunities to converse with their friends and to explore their surroundings. The school trip can therefore represent a critical avenue for children to build their confidence by engaging in their own activities as they make their way from home to school and back again.

Item type Article
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1799 Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Keywords ResPubID22572, independent mobility, walk to school, children’s perspectives
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