The Play Cycle 20 Years On In 1998, Gordon Sturrock and the late Perry Else presented a paper at the IPA USA International Play Conference in Colorado. The paper was titled ‘The playground as therapeutic space: playwork as healing’, later referred to as ‘The Colorado Paper’ and introduced the Play Cycle to playwork practice. In the last twenty years, elements of the Play Cycle (such as ‘play cues’, ‘play return’, ‘play frame’ and ‘annihilation') have entered into common use within the playwork sector, and appears in training and education, text books and underpins professional playwork practice. The aim of this exploratory study is to investigate understandings and applications of the Play Cycle and whether it has influenced playwork and childcare practice over the last 20 years.
This research is conducted by Dr Pete King from Swansea University and Dr Shelly Newstead. Surveys for playwork practitioners and childcare workers have now closed - thanks to all the practitioners who took part. We will post further updates about the results here in due course. In the meantime, for more details about the study, please contact Pete at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01792 602 314. Watch an interview with Dr Pete King about his Play Cycle research here. For more information about the Play Cycle, read Therapeutic Reader One, which includes 'The Colorado Paper'.
RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS Dr Shelly Newstead will be presenting on her research at the following conferences in 2019. Please click the links below for further details or contact us for more information. 5 & 6th March - National Playwork Conference, Eastbourne
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