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.
Table of Contents
Dr Justine Howard, Swansea University
Influences behind the ‘Colorado Paper’
The Four Components and Six Elements of the Play Cycle
Post Colorado Paper
Research Based Practice for Playwork: Incorporating Evidence Based Practice (EBP) and Value Based Practice (VBP)
Hierarchy of Research
Evidence from Expert Opinion
Evidence from Reviewing the Literature
Evidence from Qualitative and Quantitative Studies
What Does This Book Offer?
Chapter One: A Review of the Play Cycle
A (Very) Brief Overview of the ‘Colorado Paper’
Playwork and Playworkers
The Six Elements of the Play Cycle
Play Cues and Play Returns
Loop and Flow
How the Play Cycle is Represented in Published Texts
The Adult Role in the Play Cycle
Chapter Two: Playworkers Understanding of the Play Cycle
The Online Survey – Main Findings
Playworkers Understanding of the Play Cycle
Overview of the Results
Chapter Three: Beyond the Intrinsic
The pathology less travelled
The states of play
The New Economics
The commons and the ludic commons
Towards a ludic politics
The art of 'message analysis'.
Chapter Four: Reprint of ‘Transactional Analysis and the Ludic Third (TALT): A Model of Functionally Fluent Reflective Play Practice’, Pete King and Susannah Temple
The Play Process and Playwork Practice
Reflective Practice and Playworkers’ Behavioral Choice
The Play Process, the Play Space, Potential Space, and the Ludic Third
Levels of Adult Intervention and Responding
Conclusion and Further Considerations
Chapter Five: The Play Cycle Observation Method (PCOM)
Different Types of Observations
The Play Cycle Observation Method (PCOM)
Pilot Study for the Play Cycle Observation Method
The Play Cycle Observation Method Application
How to use the Play Cycle Observation Method (PCOM) Record Sheet
Entering the Data
Play Cycle Analysis
Initial Play Cues
Established Play Cycles
Play Cues Initiated in Established Play Cycles
The Adult Role with Established Play Cycles
Chapter Six: Conclusion
A Personal Reflective Account of the Play Cycle
Over to You
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.