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Play as research – research as play? 6th IJPP Annual Research Seminar

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Play as research – research as play?

In 1968 Lady Allen of Hurtwood wrote….

“….we should never forget that play is not a passive occupation. For children and young people it is an expression of their desire to make their own discoveries in their own time and at their own pace. At its best, play is a kind of research, and like all research at the adult level, it should be an adventure and an experiment that are greatly enjoyed.”

In this sixth annual International Journal of Playwork Practice Research Seminar, we explore the parallels between research and play. Can it really be said that play is a kind of research – and can research be seen as play? To what extent do research and play share common characteristics, such as experimentation, risk-taking and a focus on process rather than product? Is research in playwork seen as an adventure, or an arduous journey to be endured? Should children be regarded as researchers and involved in adult research projects, or just left to their play? Are playwork practitioners passive consumers of research, or discoverers of data and research designers by practice?

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  • Dr Shirley Wyver, Macquarie University, Australia


  • Dr Pete King, Swansea University, UK

Playfulness in Research and Teaching Research.

This presentation will consider how playfulness can be an approach to both undertaking research as well as an approach to teaching research.


  • Dr Jennifer Cartmel, Griffith University, Australia

'About or with?' Children and playwork research.

Working with children in research has gained significant recognition over the past three decades. The premise is to enable children’s views to be expressed and considered, and for children to be involved in matters which are important in their lives. How are children involved in playwork research? This session examines insights about the approaches that could be considered by researchers to better understand how they, the environment and the lived experiences of all involved can influence participation and outcomes of playwork research involving children. Participants will be challenged to consider the professional and ethical aspects of research involving children with reference to The Playwork Principles, playwork theoretical perspectives and research processes, including data collection and analysis.

This interactive session will use a transformational conversation process to engage participants in critical thinking and reflection about children and research.

  • Martin Van Rooijen, PhD Candidate, University of Humanistic Studies, The Netherlands

Developing a playwork perspective from Dutch research: ”It is scary, but then I just do it anyway.”

Playwork does not exist in The Netherlands, although we can discern the emergence of playwork thinking and practices. My doctoral research, which explores children’s boundaries of their daring in play, has uncovered some interesting windfall findings on how a playwork perspective might be described. To make these influences manifest, I will present parts of my research design and elucidate these playwork perspectives, concentrating on the four themes of critical reflection, playfulness, rights-based approach and process, as outlined in the book Researching Play from a Playwork Perspective. Connecting playwork to the research in this way can be seen as an 'adventure' for the researcher. To illustrate the outcomes of the study I will also present the child perspective, where children are quoted who describe their risk-taking in play as experimental and daring. Although this may be an analysis in retrospection, it might be valuable for the Anglo-Saxon countries to become aware of practices abroad, as well as for the Dutch play field to gain insight into possible positive influences from playwork.


We are very grateful to our hosts at Swansea University for supporting this sixth International Journal of Playwork Practice Research Seminar and for providing refreshments and lunch for the first 40 people to book.


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