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Practice-based research in children's play

Author: Wendy Russell; Stuart Lester; Hilary Smith
Publisher: Bristol : Policy Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wendy Russell; Stuart Lester; Hilary Smith
ISBN: 1447330048 9781447330042 9781447330035 144733003X
OCLC Number: 994419526
Description: xviii, 270 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword ~ Berry Mayall;Perspectives on play research: the practice-theory-research entanglement ~ Wendy Russell, Stuart Lester and Hilary Smith;Part One: Then and now: historical perspectives;Nostalgia and play ~ Paula Harris;Debris and delight: children's play during the second world war ~ Becky Willans;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;Dancing with strangers: observing play in an English public square ~ Hattie Coppard;Researching children's play and contemporary art ~ Megan Dickerson;Play and value: determining the values of a nature play setting ~ Linda Kinney;Your space or mine? Play in out of school clubs ~ Rebekah Jackson;Co-creating spaces on an adventure playground: using participatory action research as an approach to continuing professional development ~ John Fitzpatrick and Bridget Handscomb;Children, mobile phones and outdoor play ~ Chris Martin;Part Three: Playfulness and wellbeing;Understandings of play for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) ~ Stephen Smith;Therapeutic playwork: exploring playworkers' perceptions of therapeutic playwork training and its usefulness in supporting children in afterschool clubs ~ Claire Hawkes;Play, playwork and wellbeing ~ Nic Matthews, Hilary Smith, Denise Hill and Lindsey Kilgour;Part Four: Closing thoughts;What do we want research in children's research to do? ~ Wendy Russell, Stuart Lester and Hilary Smith
Responsibility: edited by Wendy Russell, Stuart Lester and Hilary Smith.

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Offering a fresh look to complement the dominant singular voice of developmental psychology, this unique collection of 12 research projects carried out in the UK and USA is essential reading for  Read more...

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"This timely volume offers many new perspectives on an under-researched subject. It will surely help to stimulate new research into children's play." Professor Fraser Brown, Childhood Development and Read more...

 
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