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From Playing to Play Advocacy
An Interview with Olga S. Jarrett


Olga S. Jarrett is Professor Emerita in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Georgia State University where she taught courses in child development, teaching methods for urban teachers, and a seminar on play. Her research has focused on science inquiry and the role of play in developing an interest in science, on service learning, and on recess behavior and the effects of recess on classroom behavior. She is currently working on a book about play and social justice. Past president of The Association for the Study of Play (TASP) and the American Association for the Child’s Right to Play (IPA/USA), Jarrett has received the Brian Sutton-Smith Lifetime Achievement Award for Play Scholarship and Leadership (TASP), the MLK Faculty Torch of Peace Award (Georgia State University), the Patricia Monighan Nourot Award for Building the Foundation of Play Scholarship (the National Association for Education of Young Children’s Play, Policy, and Practice Interest Forum), the Doctor of Play Award (IPA/USA), and the Joe L. Frost Award for Distinguished Research (U.S. Play Coalition). And she has lobbied for legislation in Georgia to mandate recess. In this interview, Jarrett links her childhood play experiences with her research and activism.
Key words: play and science; play and social justice; recess; recess legislation.