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Children's games and playground activities in school and their role in development

Baines, Ed and Blatchford, Peter (2011) Children's games and playground activities in school and their role in development. In: The Oxford handbook of the development of play. Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 260-283. ISBN 9780195393002

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Additional Information: Field: Play, games and social activities of young people in school and their relationship to development and school adjustment. Theoretical/empirical basis: this chapter provides an overview of the nature and role of children’s games and social activities in school and their impact on development and school adjustment. The chapter draws on the authors’ own research projects and also reports data (for the first time) from a longitudinal study of children’s games in middle childhood. The theoretical approach emphasises an ecological perspective on the role of games and peer relations in school. Originality: The review builds on previous theory to emphasise games as being at the heart of notions of play and that they have a central role in enhancing school adjustment. The chapter highlights the dynamic relationship between games and social activities in school and relationships with peers and provides new thinking on theories about sex differences in social networks, roles of children within groups and games and thinking about how involvement in games may relate to school adjustment. Significance: The volume is one of the first substantive reviews of play and children’s development since the early 1980s. Few studies or articles examine games, play and social activities in middle childhood and beyond and thus the chapter provides a much needed review of a topic that is rarely given more than cursory treatment. The chapter contributes to wider debates about children’s declining opportunities for play and social interaction with peers both in and outside of school and in the UK and US. The review is of national and international relevance. Rigour: drawn from a substantial search of databases this chapter involves an extensive review of research on and thinking about children’s games and play during middle childhood and beyond. The review is critical and analytical in its approach and provides both detailed discussion and breadth of application. Abstract: 524 words
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