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‘Just 5 more minutes!’ Power dynamics in outdoor play

Canning, Natalie (2019). ‘Just 5 more minutes!’ Power dynamics in outdoor play. International Journal of Play, 8(1) pp. 11–24.

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Abstract

This paper considers power dynamics between children, parents and early childhood educators in an outdoor environment. Drawing on sociocultural theory the paper considers how power is constructed and viewed in relation to children’s play. The research focuses on three case study examples of outdoor social group play where power dynamics influence children’s choices and decisions, how they respond and how they negotiate to follow their play interests. The paper considers some of the dilemmas and intricacies of power dynamics between children, adults and the environment exploring the way in which children navigate those situations so that they can achieve ‘just 5 more minutes’ playing.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 2159-4953
Keywords: power dynamics; empowerment; outdoor play; children’s choice; children’s interests; exploration
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Education
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 59154
Depositing User: Natalie Canning
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2019 10:18
Last Modified: 08 May 2019 10:22
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/59154
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