In 1998, Gordon Sturrock and the late Perry Else presented a paper at the IPA International Play Conference in Colorado, Canada. The paper was titled ‘The playground as therapeutic space: playwork as healing’, later referred to as ‘The Colorado Paper’ and introduced the Play Cycle to playwork theory.
In the last twenty years, elements of the Play Cycle (such as ‘play cues’, ‘play return’, ‘play frame’ and ‘annihilation’’) have entered into common use within the playwork sector, and appear in training and education , text books and underpins professional playwork practice. The aim of this exploratory study is to investigate understandings and applications of the Play Cycle within the playwork field over the last 20 years.
This study is open to anybody who is currently involved in playwork but must be aged 18 years or over. The research will be undertaken by Dr Pete King from Swansea University and Shelly Newstead (UCL IOE). For more details about the study, please contact Pete at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01792 602 314.
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The questionnaire can be completed online using a computer, tablet or phone. The study is open from Wednesday 20th September to Friday 1st December 2017.
Dr Pete King.