chapter  1
Research on children’s school playground behaviour in the United Kingdom
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In this chapter I will review research on behaviour in school playgrounds. The chapter will aim to highlight research and views that have been influential, and identify areas for future research. It will:

1 look at two contrasting views on the nature of playground behaviour;

2 examine some specific areas of interest-behaviour in secondary school playgrounds, gender differences, social relations in the playground (teasing and name calling, fighting, friendships, rejected and isolated children, power and status, fair play)—staff-pupil interactions and differences between schools;

3 end by considering methods of researching playground behaviour.