Lindemann-Matthies, P. & Köhler, K. (2019). Naturalized versus traditional school grounds: which elements do students prefer and why? , Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 46.
Abstract For many children today, the easiest available outdoor environment is their school ground. However, school grounds shaped by adult priorities for neatness, simplicity of maintenance, safety, the demands of team sports, and the surveillance and behavior management of children are often devoid of biodiversity. We investigated elementary and secondary students’ (n = 300) valuation of naturalized versus traditional school grounds with the help of computer-aided photo editing. Photographs of a