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

 

 

"Play Time" exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art - May 22 to September 6 - The contemporary art show Play Time poses a serious question about a seemingly unserious topic: Is play—the spontaneous, unstructured time found to foster creativity and problem-solving skills—strictly for kids?

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  • Play Day at Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville Texas - August 2 - Play Coalition member Diana H. Cortez-Castro and her pre-service teachers from University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley will be promoting diversity and children's right to play!

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  • Sacramento Play Summit - September 12 - The 3rd annual Sacramento Play Summit, presented by Fairytale Town, the Sacramento Public Library and ScholarShare Speaks, aims to highlight the importance of play, the many types of play, ways to incorporate play into daily and school life, and more.

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  • International Walk to School Day 2015 - October 7 - International Walk to School Day 2015 will fall on Wednesday, October 7th. Communities and schools are using Walk to School Day as the first step to change community culture and to create options for getting around that are more inviting for everyone, both young and old.