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Advances in Playwork Research

About the Series

Advances in Playwork Research features original international scholarship from the emerging discipline of playwork, bringing together cutting-edge research by those working in the playwork field and studies on playwork from other disciplines. The series explores a wide range of topics related to the theory and practice of playwork, from empirical research on playwork practices, to conceptual studies on playwork theory and research. Advances in Playwork Research encompasses a variety of methodological approaches, including qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods and historical studies.

The series will include research monographs, edited collections and Routledge Focus titles and the Series Editor, Shelly Newstead, would be happy to hear from potential authors. Shelly can be contacted at [email protected]


2 Series Titles

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The Play Cycle: Theory, Research and Application

The Play Cycle: Theory, Research and Application

1st Edition

Pete King, Gordon Sturrock
June 12, 2019

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...

Researching Play from a Playwork Perspective

Researching Play from a Playwork Perspective

1st Edition

Pete King, Shelly Newstead
December 19, 2018

Play is of critical importance to the well-being of children across the globe, a fact reflected in Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Yet existing literature on the subject is largely confined to discussing play from a developmental, educational or psychological...

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