The Value of Play

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  • Copyright: 2009-04-20
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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The Value of Play is a dedicated textbook aimed at playworkers.

Author Biography

Perry Else is course leader for BA Hons Children and Playwork at Sheffield Hallam University. He has extensive knowledge of play theory and practice, often contributing to national policy agendas.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. x
Introductionp. 1
What will be covered in this bookp. 2
What do we mean by play?p. 6
Defining playp. 7
Playing - just for children?p. 8
A definition of playp. 11
The play processp. 12
Notesp. 16
What gets in the way of children playing?p. 18
Family and friendsp. 19
Legislation impacting on childrenp. 21
Influences of the mediap. 22
Concerns with `safety'p. 24
Children need to take risksp. 25
Notesp. 28
Why is play valuable?p. 30
Ways of looking at playp. 32
The Integral Play Frameworkp. 33
Levels of ability and understandingp. 37
Different types of play - play typesp. 45
Notesp. 48
Playing activelyp. 50
Starting earlyp. 52
Using our bodies activelyp. 58
Supporting access to the wider environmentp. 59
Enhancing spaces for playp. 64
Using the elementsp. 68
Notesp. 71
Playing through feelings and thoughtsp. 73
How the brain and mind workp. 74
Perceptual playp. 77
Impulsive playp. 77
Emotional playp. 78
Imaginative playp. 79
Getting serious - deep playp. 81
All in the mind?p. 84
Notesp. 85
Playing through culturep. 87
Influences on cultural playp. 88
Games that children playp. 90
Playful and creative approachesp. 92
Play with rolesp. 95
Rituals and playp. 100
Notesp. 101
Playing with othersp. 103
Playing at homep. 104
Playing in groupsp. 105
Children and genderp. 109
Communication playp. 110
Social playp. 112
Participation - listening to children and young peoplep. 114
Playing globallyp. 119
Notesp. 120
Grown-up playp. 122
How adults playp. 124
Staying playfulp. 128
A `beautiful intelligence'p. 130
Daemon or Demonp. 134
A playful intelligencep. 136
Notesp. 138
A play history - From Plato to the play ethicp. 140
Notesp. 152
The Every Child Matters framework in Englandp. 154
Playwork services' contribution to the Every Child Matters outcomesp. 155
Notesp. 157
Appendixp. 158
Referencesp. 159
Indexp. 163
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