Playwork: Theory and Practice

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This book brings together many leading names in the playwork field, to produce a text that has something for everyone. The in-depth exploration of a range of theoretical perspectives will appeal to both playwork students and practising playworkers. Experienced practitioners offer sound practical advice about ways of improving playwork practice. There are chapters on the role of adventure playgrounds (past, present and future); the challenge of starting a playwork section in a local authority; and the value of ...
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Overview

This book brings together many leading names in the playwork field, to produce a text that has something for everyone. The in-depth exploration of a range of theoretical perspectives will appeal to both playwork students and practising playworkers. Experienced practitioners offer sound practical advice about ways of improving playwork practice. There are chapters on the role of adventure playgrounds (past, present and future); the challenge of starting a playwork section in a local authority; and the value of networking. Contributors explore the essence of play; the historical roots of playwork; and the role of play cues in human and animal behaviour. There is an exploration of the astounding impact of a therapeutic playwork project on the development of a group of abandoned children in Romania. The final chapter reinforces the need for playworkers to be reflective practitioners in all aspects of their work.
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Nursery World
"I would recommend it to experienced practitioners and playwork students, who seek to expand, update and challenge their current theoretical knowledge. There's plenty to stimulate the reflective playworker." - Miranda Walker
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335209446
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/15/2002
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Fraser Brown is senior lecturer on the BA (Hons) Playwork at Leeds Metropolitan University. For ten years he was Directort of the playwork training agency Children First, and previously held advisory posts with Playboard and the NPFA. He spent three years on an adventure playground in Runcorn, and managed a range of projects for the North West Play Association. For two years he was District Leisure Officer in Middlesbrough. His publications include Working Together: a Playwork Training Pack (1989), and School Playgrounds (1990). He is currently conducting research into the effects of therapeutic playwork on a group of abandoned children in Romania.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction: childhood and play 1
Pt. 1 The roots of play and playwork 7
1 The essence of play 9
2 Making play work: the fundamental role to play in the development of social relationship skills 18
3 Towards playwork: an historical introduction to children's out-of-school play organizations in London (1860-1940) 32
Pt. 2 Theories of playwork 49
4 Compound flexibility: the role of playwork in child development 51
5 Play deprivation, play bias and playwork practice 66
6 Towards a psycholudic definition of playwork 81
Pt. 3 Putting theory into practice: the reflective practitioner 99
7 Professional playwork practice 101
8 Adventure playgrounds in the twenty-first century 114
9 Establishing play in a local authority 128
10 It's not what you know, but who you know! 142
11 Playwork in adversity: working with abandoned children in Romania 157
12 Playwork as reflective practice 176
Bibliography 191
Index 203
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