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Track 4 – Reflective practice

Reflective practice is a process by which you stop and think about what you do, consciously analyse what you have done and draw on theory in order to relate it to your day to day work. This forms a key part of the playworkers role. In this track are sessions that introduce the concept of reflective practice and demonstrate some good examples that are currently being undertaken and which can be used as models for your own practice

Room 4
How to do observations of children at play and whyObservation is an essential part of playwork and is used for gathering a range of evidence and knowledge when working with children.

How do we know we are getting it right; what is it that we are actually looking for; and are we really seeing what is there?!

This workshop will explore theory and practice, help us to reflect upon ourselves and share techniques to help us improve our skills and understanding.
Level: Getting started / Moving On Length: 1 hr 30 mins /

Time: 10:00 - 11:30
Co-producing A Play Space: Research on an Adventure Playground (Session 1)Stuart Lester, John Fitzpatrick, Bridget Handscomb & Wendy RussellThis is the first of two workshops about an action research project carried out on an adventure playground over a 6 month period during Summer/Autumn 2013. This first one introduces the overall intention and implementation of the research and some discoveries made along the way.

This is an opportunity to share some of the concepts, experiences and experiments used during the project and exchange ideas about how they link to wider playwork and research practice.

The importance of a variety of processes including individual and team reflection, story-telling, observation, mapping, sense-making and emergent thinking will be explored. Key findings and outcomes will be presented.

A more detailed exploration of using these approaches in daily playwork practice will be offered in Session 2.

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Level: Moving On / Give me more! Length: 1 hr 30 mins /

Time: 11:45 - 13:15
Co-producing a Play Space: Playwork Practice (Session 2)Neelam Rashid, Sarah Wilson, Eniola Odebunmi, John FitzpatrickThis is the second of two workshops about an action research project carried out on an adventure playground over a 6 month period during Summer/Autumn 2013. The focus of this workshop will be on the playworkers’ experience and learning from this journey so far.

The playworkers will examine and explore some of the tools, approaches, concepts and methods used in the project which are continuing to support their day to day playwork. They will discuss the impact of their involvement in research on the playground and how it has contributed to making sense of their practice.

Participants will be invited to experiment with some methods and share ideas from their own experience of observation, recording and reflecting in playwork.

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Level: Getting started / Moving On Length: 1 hr 30 mins /

Time: 13:45 - 15:15
Thinking about play& John FitzpatrickThe aim of this workshop is to introduce early findings and possible implications from a joint research project, ‘Thinking about Play’, developed with experienced playwork practitioners, two regional play organisations and the University of Gloucestershire. The overall aim is to explore ‘quality’ of playwork practice i.e. to support practitioners to take responsibility for making meaning and taking decisions based on what is going on in their play environment rather than follow externally derived standards. A series of facilitated workshops, the creation of an online learning environment, and face-to-face meetings have been introduced to support the emergence of communities of practice. The intention is that these communities become a self-sustaining, mutually supportive environment for sharing experiences of playwork practice

The workshop will introduce the principles that underpin this project and examples of what has happened to date.
Level: Moving On / Length: 1 hr 30 mins / Time: 15:30 - 17:00
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