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Rethinking Children's Play


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Table of Contents

Introduction to the New Childhoods Series Acknowledgements Introduction Part 1 - Debates, Dilemmas and Challenges: The Background to Children's Play 1. What is Play? Part 2 - Contemporary Issues 2. Play and Schools 3. Play and Other Institutional Settings 4. Play in Informal Settings 5. Play Deprivation Part 3 - Implications for Children's Lives 6. Playwork 7. Rethinking Play Bibliography Index

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A thought-provoking re-examination of children's play drawing together insights and experiences across fields such as education, sociology, philosophy and psychology to encourage an inter-disciplinary approach.

About the Author

Fraser Brown is Professor of Playwork at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, where he is Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Playwork. He was Director of the playwork training agency Children First, has held advisory posts with Playboard and the National Playing Fields Association (NPFA) and managed a range of projects for the North West Play Association. Michael Patte is a Distinguished Fulbright Scholar and Associate Professor of Education at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, USA. He is a past president of The Association for the Study of Play and co-editor of the International Journal of Play.


Rethinking Children's Play is a masterful resource of latest research and application on a topic of ever growing importance given that fact that today so many children are having to swim upstream for play and often are at risk of drowning.The book is well-written, cogent, and very engaging with wonderful transcriptions of interviews with leading authorities and boxed features giving examples of research, reflections on research, and suggested activities.The volume promises to inform and to inspire those who read it and who are in a position to act on behalf of children and in response to their need and right to play in different settings including schools, prisons, and hospitals.The reader can consume content on these and a host of other topics to gain fresh insights about how to think about play in ways to enable heightened sensitivity to the perspectives of children and innovative means to impact play directly or indirectly. * James E. Johnson, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Penn State University, USA *
This comprehensive examination of play in both the US and UK clearly explains current research and gives practical examples on the value of school, community, prison, and hospital play. It is a very readable and informative volume and includes thought-provoking analyses of negative effects of play deprivation and the positive effects of playwork. Essential reading for educators, parents, social workers, and child advocates. -- Olga S. Jarrett, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Georgia State University, USA
The child's right to play is at the heart of this contemporary and accessible book. Essential reading for anyone engaged in playful provision. Highly recommended for parents too! * Pat Broadhead, Professor Emeritus of Playful Learning, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK *
Brown and Patte present a lucid and tightly structured review of play in children's lives today. Featuring a plethora of international research they both pose and seek to answer questions around the erosion of play opportunities and the importance of the playwork approach. Accessible yet scholarly, they offer a powerful corrective against the increasing marginalisation of children's play and an essential resource for any serious student of play in childhood. * Mike Greenaway, Director, Play Wales, UK *

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