Research Committee

The research committee will synthesize existing research on play. There currently exists an extensive body of work exploring the value of play in its many and varied dimensions. This committee proposes to focus specifically on play research that examines its effects on health, and lifelong cognitive, physical, social, and affective development.

Members of the committee will review and compile existing play literature that addresses issues of human development and health into articles for publication. Considering the extent of the literature, multiple articles will likely be produced, from the perspectives of youth and adolescents, and the different stages of adulthood.

We would also like to post articles or interest pieces to the website that might be of interest to our visitors. If you know of such articles, or any that might be of use to us in our reviews, please let us know!

Committee Co-chairs

  • Dart Schmalz, Clemson University, schmalz@clemson.edu
  • Brett Wright, Clemson University, wright@clemson.edu

 

 

3rd Global Conference: Play - November 1 to November 3 - Saturday 1st November – Monday 3rd November 2014 Prague, Czech Republic

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  • US Play Coalition’s 2015 Conference on the Value of Play: Advancing Play - February 15, 2015 to February 18, 2015 - This conference is an opportunity to share how you are implementing innovative strategies to engage your community in play. We also seek research that illuminates the diverse benefits of play including physical, social, emotional, and cognitive well-being. Our goal is to bring these many perspectives together and to facilitate the development of new methods of advancing the play movement. Keynote speakers include Dr. Peter Gray and Dr. Kevin Ross Emery.

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  • Active Living Research 2015 Conference - February 22, 2015 to February 26, 2015 - Mark your calendars for February 22 - 26, 2015 and plan to join ALR in sunny San Diego. Check the ALR website for updated conference details. Look for the Call for Abstracts to be released May 2014.

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  • 12th Active Living Research 2015 Annual Conference - February 22, 2015 - 12th Active Living Research Annual Conference will be held on February 22-25, 2015 in San Diego, CA. The conference agenda will include both research and practice/policy presentations. The deadline for abstract submissions is August 18th.

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