Sáenz de Tejada, Carlota, Rocío Santo-Tomás Muro, & Eva Rodríguez Romero (2020, August 26). Exploring landscape preference through photo-based Q methodology. Madrid seen by suburban adolescents. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education. (ePub in advance of print) (doi: 10.1080/10382046.2020.1804134) (Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/10382046.2020.1804134)

Abstract: The needs and group practices of adolescents have great impact on public spaces. Further understanding how and why they value certain environments is instrumental to better integrate their perspective in the design and management of our landscapes, as well as in raising environmental awareness and fostering sustainable attitudes and practices. We present the findings of a workshop on landscape preference carried out with a secondary school in the suburbs of Madrid. With participants between the ages of 11 and 16, photo-based Q methodology in combination with qualitative data allowed for the identification of groups sharing similar viewpoints, general trends, as well as exploring the structure and meaning behind consensus and disagreement photographs. Findings show overall positive valorisation towards green spaces, especially those where urban greenery is combined with recognizable architectural elements. Familiarity with the landscape type seems to encourage positive rankings, and preference towards well-known cultural sites manifests at older ages. Among the wide array of photo-elicitation techniques devoted to the assessment of landscape preference, photo-based Q methodology has seldom been used. However, this intuitive, effective, and inexpensive technique can be carried out in short and enjoyable sessions, showing great potential to be applied in geographical and environmental education.

Carlota Sáenz de Tejada <car.saenzdetejada@ceindo.ceu.es> is in the Department of Architecture and Design, Institute of Technology, Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid, Spain.