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Re: [xmca] FW: Cultural History of Play
World Cup wise yes it is a bit cold here, but then it is also winter, so
5 degrees at 8/30pm in Johannesburg is not unusual. This World Cup has
been so full of suprises, but also great for South African nationalism
(a rather tricky concept).
About the play podcast - someone referred it to me, and yes I assume the
text is the same as the podcast. I have an interest in the area, from my
interest in children, rather than an academic specialization. There are
a lot of differences between children across continents (and within
South Africa) in terms of how much freedom and responsibility they have.
In one area I worked in, it was not uncommon for 3 year olds to walk 1,5
km home from preschool on their own. Their playground/play equipment was
also relatively unsophisticated.
I was a bit disappointed that the podcast content was fairly
superficial, but I suppose that is the nature of the form of media.
Mary van der Riet; School of Psychology; University of KwaZulu-Natal
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>>> mike cole <email@example.com> 07/04/10 01:04 AM >>>
Thanks for the tip on that story underneath the oil spill. I had not
that far yet. I have read it now, though.
There was a lot in that article that was new to me. (I assume the pod
text was the same as the written text??) I have never read about the
history of the playground movement and found it very interesting. It was
also fascinating the stars in this current story were architects who had
kids or were fascinated by the freedom of design that playgrounds,
relatively speaking, allow.
The link of play-as-educating-young-minds to the contemporary obsession
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begging to be done from a CHAT perspective.
Is this a topic you would be interested in pursuing on XMCA?
PS-- It looks cold down your way judging from the way World Cup players
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On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 11:55 PM, Mary van der Riet
> Indirectly related to your forwarded post Mike : Rebecca Mead on how
> playground design affects children’s brains:
> Mary van der Riet; School of Psychology; University of KwaZulu-Natal
> Private Bag X01, Scottsville, 3209
> email: firstname.lastname@example.org
> tel: 033 260 6163; fax: 033 2605809
> >>> mike cole <email@example.com> 06/29/10 18:22 PM >>>
> Thanks Rod. I know that several XMCA folks are interested in this
> I think that publication of part of Elkonin's doktorat would be a
> contribution here.
> On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 1:31 AM, Rod Parker-Rees <
> R.Parker-Rees@plymouth.ac.uk> wrote:
> > Dear all,
> > I thought some of you might be interested in this.
> > With best wishes,
> > Rod
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Issues around children's play needs [mailto:
> > PLAY-CHILDREN@JISCMAIL.AC.UK] On Behalf Of Alice Atkinson-Bonasio
> > Sent: 29 June 2010 08:34
> > To: PLAY-CHILDREN@JISCMAIL.AC.UK
> > Subject: Cultural History of Play
> > Dear List Members,
> > I am currently conducting some preliminary research for an edited
> > collection of works addressing the cultural history of Play. We are
> > particularly interested in work that addresses and unpacks the
> > cultural importance of particular play phenomena in the past. This
> > about the objects and mechanics of play in and of themselves, but
> > that play as it happened in the past is connected to wider
> > identity, power, pleasure, work and consumption practices, etc.
> > We are aiming to gather material and a list of contributors for a
> > in 2011, with a planned date for publication around the end of 2012.
> > If you have some material that might be appropriate or would like to
> > involved, please do get in touch as soon as possible. Equally, if
> > unsure that your area of interest fits the above description, drop
> a line
> > and I'll be happy to clarify things.
> > Furthermore, if anybody has any suggestions of other email groups
> > might be relevant to this project, please do let me know.
> > Many thanks in advance for your help and I look forward to your
> > All the best,
> > Alice Atkinson-Bonasio
> > Research Assistant
> > "Cultural History of Play" Project
> > University of the West of England
> > Alice.Atkinson-Bonasio@uwe.ac.uk
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