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ERIC Number: EJ821225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0605
The Value of Play: Constructions of Play in Government Policy in England
Powell, Sacha
Children & Society, v23 n1 p29-42 Jan 2009
This article reports one aspect of the findings from an assessment of the impact of national policies on children's opportunities for play in England, which was commissioned and funded by the Children's Play Council, London. Systematic analysis of policy documents and interviews with participants from local authorities and the voluntary sector revealed that the (Labour) Government does not promote a consistent conceptualisation of play in England. While some policy documents emphasise play's instrumental value and potential contributions to the priorities of government departments, others refer to its intrinsic value. In both cases, however, such constructions of play form a discourse that controls where and how children may play. This inconsistency has led to gaps in the mechanisms for delivery of extensive, sustainable and equitable play opportunities across the country.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)