Poster Open Access
Jackson, Jeanne; Lynch, Helen; Kantartzis, Sarah; Boyle, Bryan; Prellwitz, Maria; Schulze, Christina; Lilja, Margareta; Pentland, Duncan; Larsson-Lund, Maria
Poster presented at SSO:USA Conference 2021 (Society for the Study of Occupation, USA)
Title: Developing an integrated research programme for the study of occupational science through the lens of play
Statement of Purpose
The P4PLAY is an innovative joint doctoral programme, established in 2020, as a collaboration between 4 academic and 15 partner organisations in Europe and the USA. The overall research goal is to develop new knowledge on the occupation of play and play deprivation; the impact of physical, socio-cultural, and policy environments on play provision; and the development of solutions to address barriers to play provision in diverse community settings. This research responds to the societal challenge of ensuring health, well-being and equality for children (UN Sustainable Goals 3 & 10). Expected outcomes aim to benefit children, families, and communities. PhD students are conducting individual projects addressing four fundamental areas of play (People, Place, Policy, Practice [P4Play]) with eight study themes:
Description of Methods
The programme of research is founded in child-centred methodologies framed within a child-rights-based approach, and underpinned by occupational science concepts which support analyses of the influence of sociocultural, political and spatial contexts that influence play. Central to this programme is an exploration and development of child-centred, evidence-based, occupation-centred research and practice methods. Methodologies will include discourse analysis, narrative and ethnographic approaches embedded with tailored methods to elicit children’s voice so children’s perspectives are heard.
Report of Results (anticipated findings)
One innovative outcome of this grant is to produce Occupational Science researchers who can explore societal challenges, relating to inclusion, health, and well-being, and translate evidence into practice and societal solutions. Furthermore, it is anticipated that these studies will contribute to the development of innovative research methods to explore socio-spatial environments and play occupations, at a family, and community level.
Discussion/Implications as related to Occupational Science
Our goal is to progress a rights-based agenda for all children at risk of play deprivation through the development of a child-centred play research programme
Committee on the Rights of the Child (2013). General comment No. 17 (2013) on the Right of the Child to Rest, Leisure, Play, Recreational Activities, Cultural Life, and the Arts (Article 31). Geneva: United Nations.
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