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Play, Playwork and Wellbeing

Matthews, N., Smith, H., Hill, D. and Kilgour, Lindsey (2017) Play, Playwork and Wellbeing. In: Practice-based Research in Children's Play. Policy Press, Bristol, pp. 221-241. ISBN Paperback: 9781447330042 Hardback: 9781447330035

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This chapter presents an overview of the literature on childhood wellbeing which is characterised by large scale, cross-sectional studies. However, Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), states that children have the right to express their own opinion on matters pertaining to them. Participatory research techniques and creative methodologies have the potential to put children’s voices at the centre of enquiries into childhood. Creative methods help children narrate their lived experience. This chapter sets out one element of a twelve month participatory research project in which the authors worked with a group of play rangers. Using drawings and photo elicitation, the play rangers engaged the children attending the play settings in informal discussions regarding their experience of being involved in outdoor play. Consideration was given to how these experiences support and contribute to the domains of wellbeing identified within a developmental assets framework.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: developmental assets, wellbeing, participatory research, play rangers, play, child development, research methods
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Lindsey Fellows
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2019 06:17
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:28

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