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Play Today in the Primary School Playground: Life, Learning and Creativity [Paperback]

Julia C. Bishop , Bishop , Mavis Curtis

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1 Feb 2001 0335207154 978-0335207152
This book examines the free play of children in middle childhood, exploring their actual play activities in the school playground. It counters the widespread concern about the supposed decline in children's play with fresh evidence from Australia, Canada, France, Israel and Britain of the vibrancy, creativity and variety of free play activities, particularly in the school playground. The detailed case studies discuss the many aspects of children's play traditions, including the use of playground space, the ways in which children learn and adapt games and rhymes in multicultural and monocultural settings, children's creative and subversive use of mass media items, and gendered dimensions of play. Emphasis is on children's own perceptions, the importance of free play at a time when it is increasingly under threat, and the benefits that an informed appreciation of contemporary children's play can bring to teaching, the management of school playtime, and intercultural and intergenerational understanding.

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Julia C. Bishop gained her PhD in Folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, in 1992, specialising in traditional song. She has published articles on folksong, folklore fieldwork and the use of folklore in education, and was Editor of Folk Music Journal (1993-96). She currently teaches at the University of Sheffield and is researching into the James M. Carpenter Collection of folksong and folk drama.

Mavis Curtis has worked for many years with both adults and children in Education and Social Services. She gained her PhD in 1998 with a study of children's oral tradition. She has published articles on children's play and is currently researching into the relationship between oral tradition and change in a school's physical environment.

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