Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447330042 Will Publish February 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447330035 Published May 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Practice-Based Research in Children's Play

Edited by Wendy Russell, Stuart Lester, and Hilary Smith

Practice-Based Research in Children's Play

Edited by Wendy Russell, Stuart Lester, and Hilary Smith

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447330042 Will Publish February 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447330035 Published May 2017 For sale in North and South America only
There has been a growing awareness in recent years of the importance of play in children’s learning and development—but that awareness has not been accompanied by sufficient scholarly attention, outside of conceptual studies and how-to textbooks. This collection fills that gap by bringing together scholars from a range of fields and methodological approaches to look at play from a practice-based perspective. Moving beyond the dominant voice of developmental psychology, the book offers a number of new ways of approaching children’s play and the roles of adults in supporting it; as a result, it will be valuable to anyone working with or studying children at play.
Contents
List of figures
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Foreword: Berry Mayall
One Perspectives on play research: the practice-theory-research entanglement
Wendy Russell, Stuart Lester and Hilary Smith
Part One: Then and now: historical perspectives
Two Nostalgia and play
Paula Harris
Three Debris and delight: children’s play during the second world war
Becky Willans
Four Adventure playgrounds and me: bringing the past into the auto-ethnographic present
Tom Williams
Part Two: Here and there, this and that: spatial and creative perspectives
Five Dancing with strangers: observing play in an English urban square
Hattie Coppard
Six Researching children’s play and contemporary art
Megan Dickerson
Seven Play and value: determining the values of a nature play setting
Linda Kinney
Eight Your space or mine? Play in out of school clubs
Rebekah Jackson
Nine Co-creating spaces on an adventure playground: using participatory action research as an approach to continuing professional development
John Fitzpatrick and Bridget Handscomb
Ten Children, mobile phones and outdoor play
Chris Martin
Part Three: Playfulness and wellbeing
Eleven Understandings of play for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD)
Stephen Smith
Twelve Therapeutic playwork: exploring playworkers’ perceptions of therapeutic playwork training and its usefulness in supporting children in afterschool clubs
Claire Hawkes
Thirteen Play, playwork and wellbeing
Nic Matthews, Hilary Smith, Denise Hill and Lindsey Kilgour
Closing Thoughts
Fourteen What do we want research in children’s play to do?
Wendy Russell, Stuart Lester and Hilary Smith
Appendix: The Playwork Principles
Index
 
Review Quotes
Fraser Brown, Leeds Beckett University
“This timely volume offers many new perspectives on an under-researched subject. It will surely help to stimulate new research into children’s play.”
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