3-1 | Foundations of Playwork

Book Review

Foundations of Playwork

Fraser Brown and Chris Taylor, eds.
Maidenhead, U.K.: Open University Press, 2008. References, figures, appendices, index. xxiv, 316 pp. $49.00 paper. ISBN: 9780335222919

by David Kuschner

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For the reader not familiar with the practice of playwork, a concept with roots in the adventure playground movement in Europe, Foundations of Playwork serves as a comprehensive introduction to the topic. The book consists of fifty-six brief chapters (no chapter is more than six pages long), organized into ten parts. Discussions focus on the theoretical foundations of playwork and the implementation of the theory into practice, the practice of playwork in various countries (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland), the roles and responsibilities of playworkers, the management of play settings, playwork and public policy, and issues related to conducting research on the topic of playwork. The essays also demonstrate how the practice of playwork can occur in a variety of contexts including playgrounds, hospitals, prisons, and even a Romanian orphanage for neglected, abused, and abandoned children.