This study reviewed outdoor play articles published in Korea during past 10 years. The purposes were
to determine the main themes of outdoor play articles and the research methods used in the studies.
To summarize the main findings: (1) seven research themes were identified, with ‘outdoor play
environment’ and ‘children’s outdoor play behaviors’ being the major research topics. (2) With regard
to research method, approximately two-thirds of studies employed a quantitative methodology, with
survey being the most frequent. However, when exploring the theme of ‘outdoor play experience,’ all
studies used qualitative research methods such as participant observation, interview, or archival data