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Practice-based Research in Children's Play

Wendy Russell, Stuart Lester, and Hilary Smith


This book presents a collection of research projects carried out by experienced practitioners in the play sector in the UK and US who were also students, graduates and staff on the University of Gloucestershire’s postgraduate programme in children’s play. It offers a range of approaches to researching children’s play and adults’ roles in supporting it, including some that move beyond traditional qualitative approaches to explore what more might be said through post-qualitative methodologies. It also offers multi- and trans-disciplinary perspectives on children’s play and adults’ relationships ... More

Keywords: children’s play, research, transdisciplinary, practitioner research, qualitative research, post qualitative research, knowledge, theory, playwork

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781447330035
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447330035.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wendy Russell, editor
University of Gloucestershire

Stuart Lester, editor
University of Gloucestershire

Hilary Smith, editor
University of Gloucestershire

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Part One Then and now: historical perspectives

Two Nostalgia and play

Paula Harris

Part Two: Here and there, this and that: spatial and creative perspectives

Part Three: Playfulness and wellbeing

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