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Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1816-5435

ISSN (online): 2224-8935


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Report on the XIX International Play Association Triennial World Conference

Smirnova E.O., Doctor in Psychology, Head of the Center for Psychological and Pedagogical Expertise of Play and Toys, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia,
Sokolova M.V., Ph.D. in Psychology, specialist at the Center for Psychological and Educational Expertise of Play and Toys, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia,
Kotliar I.A., Ph.D. in Psychology, associate professor, Department of Psychology, Dubna International University for Nature, Dubna, Russia,
The paper reports on the 19th International Play Association (IPA) Conference. IPA's activities are aimed at supporting the importance of play and providing adequate play settings for children from different countries and social background. In the focus of this Conference were projects promoting the child's right to play stated in the Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The paper, in turn, focuses on the specifics of how play is understood in Western psychology (an issue also discussed at the Conference). Among the participants of the Conference were specialists of various fields — psychologists, teachers, social workers, designers, landscape architects, outdoor playground equipment manufacturers, and many others. Discussed issues included modern playgrounds, specialist training, and play in inclusive education. Representatives of the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education became members of the Russian section of IPA that was established at the Conference.

Keywords: conference, International Play Association, play, the right to play, playworker, playground, adventure playground

Column: Scientific Life

For Reference

  1. Smirnova E.O., Sokolova M.V. Pravo na igru: novyj kom- mentarij k stat'e 31 Кonvencii o pravah rebenka  [Right  to Play: new comments on Article 31 Rights of the Child Right Convention]. Psikhologicheskaia nauka i obrazovanie [Psy6 chological Science and Education], 2013, no 1, pp. 5—10.
  2. Smirnova E.O., Sokolova M.V., Sheina E.G. Podhody k pon- imaniju igry v sovremennoj zapadnoj psihologii [Approaches to the understanding of the play e in the modern Western psychol- ogy]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiya [Journal of Mo6 dern Foreign Psychology], 2012, no 1. Available at: http:// (Accessed: 6.06.2014).
  3. Kotliar I.A., Sokolova M.V. Ploschadka priklyuchenii kak primer realizacii prava rebenka na igru. In print.
  4. PlayRights  Magazine.  Special  Edition:  Celebrating 50 Years. May 2011.
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