Journal of Playwork Practice News

20 May 2016

Journal of Playwork Practice: First issue of 2016 now out, with a section on the Second Research Seminar 

Journal of Playwork Practice (JPP), published in association with Common Threads, is a journal which aims to advance the study and practice of playwork practice. It is the first academic journal in the playwork field and provides an international platform for the publication and dissemination of scholarship relevant to playwork practice, from contemporary and historical perspectives and from all aspects of theory, philosophy and policy.  The journal is available as a print journal with an online version.
The  first issue of 2016 now been published and  includes a section reporting on the the second JPP research seminar, on the theme of 'Research and the birth of playwork practice', which saw academics and playwork practitioners from around the world considering relationships between playwork practice (particularly on adventure playgrounds) and research processes and methodologies. As the practitioner section reflects, a wide range of topics were covered, which evoked a variety of responses in the seminar attendees, both in terms of research and practice.
Issue 1 contains the following articles. The Editorial is free to read online and introduces the second research seminar which is detailed in this issue:
Author: Newstead, Shelly
A century defending the child's right to play: beginnings of the playground movement in Melbourne, Australia 
Author: Chancellor, Barbara
Children's reflections on play 
Authors: Nugin, Kristina; Veisson, Marika; Tuul, Maire; ├Ľun, Tiia; Suur, Silvi
Playwork practitioners' views on play provision in a South Wales local authority 
Authors: King, Peter; Waibel, Alexandra
Reflections from the Journal of Playwork Practice research seminar, University of Glyndwr, November 2015 
Author: Chancellor, Barbara
Fantasy adventure playgrounds research with Associate Professor Rick Worch, Bowling Green State University, USA 
Author: Lambie, Grant
A century defending the child's right to play: Beginnings of the play(work) movement in Australia with Barbara Chancellor, RMIT University, Australia 
Author: Neen, Jonathan
An introduction to Adventure in Play by John Barron Mays with Shelly Newstead, Angela Mays and Professor Nicholas Mays 
Author: Hartshorne, Marie-Claire
Just children, just playing with Amica Dall, Assemble UK 
Author: Jackson, Rebekah
Assessing risk in adventure playgrounds, with Martin van Rooijen, PhD candidate, University of Humanistic Studies, the Netherlands 
Author: Turner, Lauren
Reflections on the Journal of Playwork Practice Seminar 2015 
Author: Mitchell, Keir
Lady Marjorie Allen of Hurtwood (1897-1976) 
Author: Ashley, Brian
Children's Play in Public Spaces 
Book Reviews 

The third Journal of Playwork Practice Research Seminar entitled Playwork: Law and Lore  will be hosted by the University of Buckingham Law School at the Centre for Multiculturalism and Family Law on 5th November 2016. Welcoming speakers from across the world, this seminar will offer the opportunity to hear about research from a range of different disciplinary perspectives and to learn more about current playwork research projects.   Sign up for a free ticket here:

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