Park Sociology

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“What Brings Children to the Park” is a study conducted by Loukaitou-Sideris and Sideris. The study looks at how park visitation patterns differ between boys and girls of different races and ethnicities. The study also included an observation of children at 50 inner-city and 50 suburban parks as well as a survey of children and their parents in 12 middle schools (Loukaitou-Sideris and Sideris, 2010). Loukaitou-Sideris and Sideris’ study uses causal language to describe their findings, this makes the study unreliable as it is a correlational study and correlation is not causation. The sample used in this study was misrepresentative of the population, leading to another factor causing bias in the study. The ideal study would include a …show more content…

Loukaitou-Sideris and Sideris also excluded the same two parks as mentioned above from the boys model as the tournaments were boys only tournaments and would have no effect on the girls model.Three inner-city parks and one valley park were also excluded as outliers, however, Loukaitou-Sideris and Sideris did not give a reason as to why these parks were excluded. One may be curious as to why the researchers did not give a reason as to why these parks were excluded as they were previously. Because the children at the 50 inner city parks and 50 suburban parks were simply observed not questioned, there is potential for many confounding variables. For example, because the children were observed and not surveyed, they may have been counted more than once, leading to false information. There was no way the researchers could have known the child’s race/ethnicity or their exact age; this could be an issue with older children in the 15-18 age bracket as without talking to someone it is difficult to tell how they are as some people look much older or younger than they actually

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