Report on the XIX International Play Association Triennial World Conference



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.

General Information

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

Journal rubric: Scientific Life

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Smirnova E.O., Sokolova M.V., Kotliar I.A. Report on the XIX International Play Association Triennial World Conference. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2014. Vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 105–109. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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  4. PlayRights  Magazine.  Special  Edition:  Celebrating 50 Years. May 2011.

Information About the Authors

Elena O. Smirnova, Doctor of Psychology, Рrofessor of the Department of Preschool Pedagogics and Psychology of the Faculty of Psychology of Education, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

Mariya V. Sokolova, PhD in Psychology, Senior Scientist, Center of Psychology and Educational Expertise of Play and Toys, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Inna A. Kotliar, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Research Associate, Dubna State University, Center of Applied Psychological and Pedagogical Studies, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Dubna, Russia, e-mail:



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