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Advances in Playwork Research


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Advances in Playwork Research features original international scholarship from the emerging discipline of playwork, bringing together cutting-edge research by those working in the playwork field and studies on playwork from other disciplines. The series explores a wide range of topics related to the theory and practice of playwork, from empirical research on playwork practices, to conceptual studies on playwork theory and research. Advances in Playwork Research encompasses a variety of methodological approaches, including qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods and historical studies.

The series will include research monographs, edited collections and Routledge Focus titles and the Series Editor, Shelly Newstead, would be happy to hear from potential authors. Shelly can be contacted at [email protected]

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Playwork Practice at the Margins Research Perspectives from Diverse Settings

Playwork Practice at the Margins Research Perspectives from Diverse Settings

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Jennifer Cartmel, Rick Worch
November 27, 2020

Playwork Practice at the Margins explores the circumstances where playwork practice intersects with practice from diverse contexts and settings, encompassing disciplines such as health, education, early intervention and community development. Each chapter focuses on a research project situated in a...

Further Perspectives on Researching Play from a Playwork Perspective Process, Playfulness, Rights-based and Critical Reflection

Further Perspectives on Researching Play from a Playwork Perspective Process, Playfulness, Rights-based and Critical Reflection

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Pete King, Shelly Newstead
October 09, 2020

Building on the success of the first volume of Researching Play from a Playwork Perspective, this book further develops the crucial research of playwork as an emerging and unique discipline. The first volume explored how an understanding of playwork theory and practice can inform research into ...

The Play Cycle Theory, Research and Application

The Play Cycle Theory, Research and Application

1st Edition

Pete King, Gordon Sturrock
June 12, 2019

Twenty years after Gordon Sturrock and the late Professor Perry Else’s 'Colorado Paper' introduced the Play Cycle, this theory of play now supports professional playwork practice, training and education. The Play Cycle: Theory, Research and Application is the first book of its kind to explain ...

Researching Play from a Playwork Perspective

Researching Play from a Playwork Perspective

1st Edition

Pete King, Shelly Newstead
December 19, 2018

Play is of critical importance to the well-being of children across the globe, a fact reflected in Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Yet existing literature on the subject is largely confined to discussing play from a developmental, educational or psychological...

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