What is it about?

We demonstrate an integrated mixed methods research approach with a novel two-phase exploratory sequential design while studying play, play space, and children’s (aged 7 and above) location preference for play in three residential areas in Dhaka. We used directly administered survey and interviews in the first phase to describe play and play space from children’s perspective, and informed by the first, employed GIS-based spatial and statistical analysis in the second phase to study patterns of children’s location preference for play.

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Why is it important?

Mixed methods research (MMR) is useful for addressing complex and multidisciplinary urban problems in urban planning and design including decision-making for the provision and distribution of children's play spaces in the city.


I hope our proposed methodology and findings will be useful for urban researchers and policy makers involved in improving children's environments in Dhaka and other South Asian cities.

Dr Md Rashed Bhuyan
Singapore University of Technology and Design

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This page is a summary of: A Mixed Methods Research Strategy to Study Children’s Play and Urban Physical Environments in Dhaka, Journal of Mixed Methods Research, September 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/1558689819871820.
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