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Pages: 5016-5020
Publication year: 2017
ISBN: 978-84-697-6957-7
ISSN: 2340-1095
doi: 10.21125/iceri.2017.1323

Conference name: 10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 16-18 November, 2017
Location: Seville, Spain

IS PLAY DISAPPEARING? INSTANCES OF NO-PLAY IN CHILDREN’S NEIGHBOURHOODS: IMPLICATIONS FOR LEARNING, DEVELOPMENT AND CURRICULUM

D. O'Connor1, T. Treasure1, C. Robinson1, M. McCormack2, V. O'Rourke3

1The University of Notre Dame (AUSTRALIA)
2Dublin City University (IRELAND)
3Letterkenny Institute of Technology (IRELAND)
This paper presents data from the Irish Neighbourhood Play Study that explored children’s engagement in play. The data raises concerns around recorded instances of no-play in play environments. The instances of no-play were recorded during peak play time periods including weekend and afterschool hours. This data raises the critical question: Are today’s children being afforded sufficient time to play? Both the quality of opportunity to play and the quantity of time afforded to children to engage in play are important factors in children’s learning and development (Fisher, Hirsh-Pasek, Golinkoff, Singer & Berk, 2011; Whitebread, 2012). The data from The Irish Neighbourhood Play Study indicates that children may not be spending enough time playing in their neighbourhoods. In discussing the data, this paper evolves to explore the thesis that schools should attend to this absence of play by providing play-based education. A justification for play-based approaches within the school experience is underpinned by an evidence-based defense of the centrality of play within children’s academic and holistic development.
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title = {IS PLAY DISAPPEARING? INSTANCES OF NO-PLAY IN CHILDREN’S NEIGHBOURHOODS: IMPLICATIONS FOR LEARNING, DEVELOPMENT AND CURRICULUM},
series = {10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation},
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DO - 10.21125/iceri.2017.1323
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D. O'Connor, T. Treasure, C. Robinson, M. McCormack, V. O'Rourke (2017) IS PLAY DISAPPEARING? INSTANCES OF NO-PLAY IN CHILDREN’S NEIGHBOURHOODS: IMPLICATIONS FOR LEARNING, DEVELOPMENT AND CURRICULUM, ICERI2017 Proceedings, pp. 5016-5020.
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