Editors’ introduction
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Much can be learned about children from studying their behaviour in playground settings. Behaviour there is in a sense natural, and because of changes in leisure activities and parental fears for their children’s safety, it may be for some children one of the few outside settings within which they do play and interact. The playground offers the opportunity to examine a children’s ‘culture’, separate from adults and sometimes in opposition to the culture that operates within the classroom.