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Hyndman, Brendon; Benson, Amanda; Telford, Amanda – American Journal of Play, 2016
Because children spend so much of their time in schools, their playgrounds offer a good setting for promoting active play in young lives. Teachers, instead of considering active play a taxing demand on their busy day, have begun to develop an informal curriculum for it. The authors review the research on children's active play and explores its…
Descriptors: Play, Playgrounds, Informal Education, Physical Environment
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Holmes, Robyn M. – American Journal of Play, 2012
Based on a study of 149 parochial-school students enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade, this article explores children's outdoor recess activities in an urban setting--with a focus on how age, gender, and size of play group influence their outdoor play preferences--and examines changes in children's activity preferences over a single…
Descriptors: Play, Urban Schools, Obesity, Parochial Schools
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Fiorelli, Julie A.; Russ, Sandra W. – American Journal of Play, 2012
Researchers, the authors state, link play to cognitive and affective processes important for a child's development and overall well-being. In this article, the authors examine the relationships involving pretend play, coping, and subjective well-being (the last of which they conceptualize as positive affect--positive mood--and life satisfaction)…
Descriptors: Females, Psychological Patterns, Play, Coping
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Londal, Knut – American Journal of Play, 2011
This article investigates the relationship between children in an after-school program (ASP) and the places where they play. It focuses on the kind of bodily play the children themselves choose and control. The author applies a life-world approach to this study, and his theoretical perspective is based on phenomenological philosophy. The…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Play, Human Body, Phenomenology