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.