Evolutionary Playwork Paperback – 28 Sep 2011
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"This book is brilliant: so many aspects of play and playwork practice explored and expounded and in a way that actually, for once, makes it fairly easy for the average playworker to understand ... Those of you who read this, and those of you who choose to engage with the philosophy laid out within, will become better at the work you do with children and young people ... this text will not only have an effect on playworkers but has the potential to have a fundamental and profound impact on everyone who is working in the children’s workforce", ip-dip: for professionals in play, November 2011
"This second edition of Bob Hughes's Evolutionary Playwork is an outstanding book that should be read carefully by anyone who's interested in play, and then read again and again. Its fourteen chapters, extensive reference section, and numerous figures provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of human play of which I am aware and a bonus is that the book is an easy read with minimal jargon. And, not only does Hughes cover vast amounts of material on the evolution and significance of play, he also makes practical suggestions that play workers will find invaluable", Professor Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado, Psychology Today
About the Author
Bob Hughes has been a theoretical and applied playworker for nearly forty years. He is widely published on the subject of Play and Playwork and was the first Editor of the International Play Journal. He has been the National Coordinator of PlayEducation, an independent playwork agency providing training and research services, since 1982.
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To be honest I am only 28% of the way through so far plus lotsof jumping ahead and reading other sections!
However the second edition of Evolutionary Playwork is so much easier to read than the first edition!
I'm a fairly well read person and have very strong opinions of my own so there is text in this book that I don't agree with - you have to read it for yourself and make your own opinions.
Someone once told me that you don't have to accept everything that is written in a book but a written text does provide a starting point for discussion and debate.
This book is brilliant: so many aspects of play and playwork practice explored and expounded and in a way that actually, for once, makes it fairly easy for the average playworker to understand.
I don't tell you to buy it out of my love for Bob - I tell you to buy it because it will make you think and that thinking will make you better at what you do!
It picks up on all the `parts' that are relevant to the playworker: play types; the playwork curriculum; aspects of playwork theory and couches them all in the construct of evolutionary playwork.
This book lays out who the playworker is [from the evolutionary perspective] what their role is and gives tips on how to achieve good practice. It doesn't matter that you might not understand the graphs on pages 140-141!
Those of you who read this, and those of you who choose to engage with the philosphy laid out within - will become better at the work you do with children and young people.
I will be so bold as to say that this text will not only have an effect on playworkers but has the potential to have a fundamental and profound impact on everyone who is working in the children's workforce.
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