Influences on children's play

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Continuity and Change

Professor Andrew Burn and Steve Roud discuss how childhood has changed over the last few decades.

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Media Cultures

Professor Andrew Burn explores the way in which media cultures influence children in the playground.

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Gender

Steve Roud explores the way in which boys and girls play together on the playground.

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Ethnicity

Steve Roud, drawing on the research of Professor Kathryn Marsh, discusses whether children’s games and songs have become more diverse as playgrounds become increasingly multi-ethnic.

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Violence and Play Fighting

Doctor Chris Richards explores the role of ‘play fighting’ on the playground.

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Creativity

Doctor Rebekah Willett explores how children bring imaginative narratives and language into their games such as running around games, socio-dramatic play, fantasy play and singing and dancing games.

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Influences on children's play

The way children play can be greatly affected by numerous factors from media culture to the balance between the genders in the playgroup.