Play across Australian schooling

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The aim of this chapter is to investigate how Australian children have encountered play during their schooling. This chapter briefly considers how Australian school children’s play contexts have evolved from the late 1800s to the comprehensive 1950s play investigation from American folklorist Dorothy Howard and into contemporary studies of play across Australian schools across
both primary and secondary school contexts. John Evans’ (1990) Australian study of playground supervision is analysed to determine whether progress has been made across Australian schools in relation to teachers valuing play beyond ‘letting off steam’ from surplus energy. In addition to playground supervision practices, the impacts on play across Australian schools are examined according to active play, safety, and standards, alongside adult influences and where play sits according to the Australian curriculum. This collective research exploring the trajectory of play within Australian schooling will be examined through a multitude of lenses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlay across childhood
Subtitle of host publicationInternational perspectives on diverse contexts of play
EditorsPete King, Shelly Newstead
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783030724610
ISBN (Print)9783030724603
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


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