Evolutionary Playwork and Reflective Analytic Practice

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Psychology - 294 pages
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Play is a crucial component in the development of all children. In this comprehensive and accessible text, Bob Hughes explores the complexities of children's play, its meaning and purpose, and argues that adult-free play is essential for the psychological well-being of the child.

The book divides into three main sections. The first examines the fundamentals of evolutionary playwork, from creating the right play environment to issues of safety and participation. Secondly, the book explores the theory underlying playwork. Finally, the book offers new models to help the playworker develop their own professional practice. Throughout the text, the author brings his argument to life with vivid reflections on a lifetime's experience of play and playwork.

Evolutionary Playwork and Reflective Analytic Practiceis the first book of its kind, and represents essential reading for all playwork students, practitioners and researchers. It also incorporates dedicated material for parents looking to better understand and enhance the development of their children.

 

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Contents

Evolutionary play
11
The evolutionary playwork environment
17
Reflections 1
39
Play types and the playwork menu
47
Evolutionary playwork values and play deprivation
67
Reflections 2
78
modification
85
3a An Environmental Deficits Spiral
93
Reflections 3
150
Democracy participation equal opportunities and
159
Is the play space working?
168
PART III
179
some examples
186
Reflections 4
248
In conclusion
254
The Ten Newcastle Points
262

PART II
107
Stimulation theory
119
Combinatorial flexibility nonspecialisation calibration
136
Useful addresses
278
Index
286
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About the author (2001)

Bob Hughes was in private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist for thirty years, and currently practices as a consultant to individuals, families and church leaders. He is a popular speaker and is known for his unique ability to apply biblical truth in life-changing ways. Bob and his wife, Judy, have two adult children, and have been married twenty-nine years.

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