1st Edition

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

Edited By Pete King, Shelly Newstead Copyright 2021
    170 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    170 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 children’s play. From the seven contributors, four common themes to researching play from a playwork perspective were identified: rights-based; process, critical reflection and playfulness. This second volume aims to explore these four factors from two angles. The first considers how four more playworkers have researched play in four different contexts: prison, gender and toys, in Dutch play provision, and in the area of autism. In the second part of the book, the four pillars of playwork research are explored by academics from other disciplines with an interest in playwork research.

    This will be of great interest to researchers and upper-level students in the fields of playwork, childcare, early years, education, psychology and children’s rights. It will also appeal to practitioners in a wide variety of professional contexts, including childcare and therapy.

    List of figures

    List of tables

    List of contributors

    Foreword: Professor Emeritus Anthony Pellegrini

    List of Abbreviations


    Pete King and Shelly Newstead

    Chapter 1: Playwork in prisons: an exploratory case study

    Yvonne Quaintrell

    Chapter 2: Using Playwork Perspectives and Ethnographic Research To Move Towards an Understanding of Autistic Play Culture

    Becky Willans

    Chapter 3: Techniques and methodologies for undertaking research from a playwork perspective in the subject area of toys and gender

    Sarah Goldsmith

    Chapter 4: Developing a playwork perspective from Dutch research experience

    Martin van Rooijen

    Chapter 5: The Power of Stories: Using Narrative Methods in Playwork Research

    Hazel Wright and Paulette Luff

    Chapter 6: Imagining Playwork using Sociological Perspectives from Mills, Foucault and Gordon

    Linda J. Shaw

    Chapter 7: Dancing with the devil or a means to fulfil potential? Enumeration and playwork.

    John H. McKendrick


    Pete King and Shelly Newstead


    Pete King is currently programme director for the MA Childhood Studies and MA Developmental and Therapeutic Play programmes at Swansea University. Pete’s research, including joint research with Shelly, has been published both nationally and internationally in journals and published books. Pete’s recent publications include the co-authored ‘The Play Cycle: Theory, Research and Application’ with Gordon Sturrock.

    Shelly Newstead is the Managing Director of Common Threads, a social enterprise which develops playwork theory and practice internationally – www.commonthreads.org.uk. Shelly has worked in the playwork field for more than thirty years as a practitioner, trainer, author, editor, publisher and researcher, currently an Adjunct Research Fellow at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. She is the Managing Editor of International Journal of Playwork Practice and the Series Editor for the Routledge Advances in Playwork Research series. Shelly is also the President of the International Council for Children’s Play (ICCP).