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Children's Experience of Security and Mastery on the Playground
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Jane P. Perry writes that the playground is where children go to make sense of their world. The outdoors, with its flexibility in space and noise, where imagination is complemented by nature, children explore early peer-culture themes of life and death, danger and safety, and power and control. Follow Chase, Morgan and others in a "save the snail" game, read about how learning is a negotiation between the teaching and peer play cultures, and how active outdoor playgrounds can be perfect learning environments because they offer children the opportunity to direct their own initiative and inquiry. Perry, J.P. (2008). Children's Experience of Security and Mastery on the Playground. In E. N. Goodenough (Ed). A place for play. Carmel, CA: National Institute for Play, 99-105.
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Jane P. Perry writes that the playground is where children go to make sense of their world. The outdoors, with its flexibility in space and noise, where imagination is complemented by nature, children explore early peer-culture themes of life and death, danger and safety, and power and control. Follow Chase, Morgan and others in a "save the snail" game, read about how learning is a negotiation between the teaching and peer play cultures, and how active outdoor playgrounds can be perfect learning environments because they offer children the opportunity to direct their own initiative and inquiry.

Perry, J.P. (2008). Children's Experience of Security and Mastery on the Playground. In E. N. Goodenough (Ed). A place for play. Carmel, CA: National Institute for Play, 99-105.

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"Promoting independent outdoor play is especially important when children's lives are increasingly regulated by the company of adults. . . . Outdoor play settings may be the one place where children can independently orchestrate their own negotiations with the physical...

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Published Reviews

Mar.17.2008

To date much attention has focused on teachers' roles when young children are behaving and playing indoors, within classrooms and child care settings.  Perry's book is timely and welcome, as it seeks to...

Mar.17.2008

Berkeley-It's outdoor play, not just classroom learning, through which young children learn best, according to a researcher in early child development at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Author's Publishing Notes

A Place for Play is framed by interviews with experts from Where Do the Children Play? a 60-minute documentary from Michigan Television. This companion volume to the film, with a foreword by Richard Louv, explores key issues that have captured national attention in recent years: namely the ways in which free play outdoors is slipping from children's lives. Responding to the sense of lost childhood and fear that pervades our society, this full-color, richly illustrated anthology surveys the history of playground design and the children's garden movement, the benefits of universal access to natural resources, and the challenges of developing child-centered and green communities. Essays address multiple social issues, including restrictive patterns of sprawl, to explain why children are losing the ability to travel on their own or explore green spaces. Summaries of the research evidence by Nancy Wells, Sandra Hofferth, Stuart Brown, Robin Moore and Nilda Cosco examine the ongoing influence of outdoor adventures and experiential learning for the young. Joan Almon, Kenneth Ginsburg, Jack Zipes, and William Crain explore topics central to children's imaginative life and physical health. Offerings by Penny Wilson and Bob Hughes, Suzanne Crowhurst Lennard, and Mark Powell will appeal not only to recreation specialists and childhood scholars but also to parents, teachers, planners and practitioners in many fields. Essayists such as Clare Cooper Marcus, Louise Chawla, David Driskell, Jane P. Perry, Rosemarie Hester, and Susan Solomon offer practical advice and model programs. The collection concludes with a portfolio of playgrounds by award-winning aerial photographer Alex L. MacLean. Editor Elizabeth Goodenough, whose work on Secret Spaces of Childhood sparked a national dialogue on play, originated and helped develop the film and outreach projects over the last seven years. Building on this initiative, A Place for Play will change the way families think about their neighborhoods, and it will encourage those who work with children to envision recess and leisure time in new ways. The film and its outreach seek to engage communities in a conversation about the role children and nature must have to thrive and be sustained. A Place for Play documents the diverse array of partners working on the growing national movement to reconnect children with nature. This anthology helps us understand the creative magic that can arise when children are allowed and even encouraged to play with abandon, and it explains why inventive freedom and contact with living things have always been at the heart of emotional memory. Visit Michigan Television's website at: www.michigantelevision.org/childrenplay/index.html