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The Hantown Street Play Project

Murray, J. and Devecchi, C. (2016) The Hantown Street Play Project. International Journal of Play. 5(2) 2159-4953.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: Street Play projects have become increasingly popular in western contexts where children’s outdoor free play has been in decline. Street Play projects are generally organized by adults: children play on urban streets closed to traffic. This paper reports results from an evaluation focused on the Hantown Street Play Project (pseudonym) that took place in a large English town. Hantown Leisure Trust (pseudonym) set up the project, run by play workers, and commissioned the evaluation ‘…to identify the impact of the Street Play project on participating children’s perceptions of play in their community and residents’ perceptions of community spirit’. Children aged 3-11, parents and local residents participated in questionnaire surveys (n=216) and semi-structured interviews (n=25), eliciting ten themes indicating that participants generally regarded the project positively. However, this paper argues that Street Play is a different proposition from children’s own play on the streets, according to widely recognised definitions of play.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Play, autonomous play, children’s play, outdoor play, street play
Creators: Murray, Jane and Devecchi, Cristina
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > Centre for Education and Research
Research Centres > Centre for Education and Research
Date: 20 July 2016
Date Type: Published Online
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Play
Volume: 5
Number: 2
Language: English
ISSN: 2159-4953
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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