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Cultural-Historical Psychology

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1816-5435

ISSN (online): 2224-8935

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/chp

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

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Researching Play: Challenges and Opportunities 1638

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Smirnova E.O.
PhD in 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

Sobkin V.S.
Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Member of the Russian Academy of Education, Head of the Center for Sociology of Education,, Institute of Education Management, Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2339-9080
e-mail: sobkin@mail.ru

Abstract
The paper provides a brief overview of the materials of the International Council for Children’s Play (ICCP) 27th World Play Conference which focused on the problems and opportunities of researching play in modern children. The paper shows the diversity of approaches to the study of child play and its multiple aspects. The main issues discussed at the Conference were as follows: the definition of play; its impact on child development; consistency of research outcomes; specifics of child play in different countries. Many speakers referred in their presentations to Lev Vygotsky and to the cultural-historical approach in general. Questions related to narrative play and its role and ogranisation were of special interest to the participants. Also, one of the major topics were play environments, both indoor and outdoor. Most of the materials presented at the Conference were applied research associated with particular projects or programmes; among the research methods used the most common were case studies and sociological methods. All in all, the Conference proved that researchers all over the world have a keen interest in child play and continue to develop multiple approaches to its understanding and exploration.

Keywords: play, child development, play research, impact of play, play environments, multidisciplinary approach

Column: Scientific Life

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/chp.2017130310

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