1st Edition

The Play Cycle Theory, Research and Application

By Pete King, Gordon Sturrock Copyright 2020
    150 Pages
    by Routledge

    150 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 the theoretical concept of the Play Cycle, supported by recent research, and how it can be used as an observational method for anyone who works with children in a play context.

    The book investigates the understandings of the Play Cycle within the playwork field over the last 20 years, and its future application. It addresses each aspect of the Play Cycle (metalude, play cue, play return, play frame, loop and flow and annihilation) and combines the theoretical aspect of the Play Cycle with empirical research evidence. The book also provides an observational tool for people to observe and record play cycles.

    This book will appeal to playworkers, teachers, play therapists and professionals working in other contexts with children, such as hospitals and prisons. It will support practitioners and students in learning about play and provide lecturers and trainers with a new innovative teaching and training aide.

    Introduction. 1. A Review of the Play Cycle. 2.Playworker's Understanding of the Play Cycle 3. Beyond the Intrinsic 4. Transactional Analysis and the Ludic Third (TALT): A Model of Functionally Fluent Reflective Play Practice. 5. The Play Cycle Observation Method (PCOM). 6. Conclusion 7. References.


    Pete King has a PhD in Childhood Studies and is currently a Senior Lecturer at Swansea University, UK.

    Gordon Sturrock, along with late Professor Else, co-founded Ludemos Associates, UK.