Title

Current Status of Play Research in Occupational Science

Start Time

15-11-2002 1:15 PM

End Time

15-11-2002 2:30 PM

Abstract

The complex, enigmatic nature of play offers a kaleidoscope of possibilities for studying occupation. In this presentation, I will review play research conducted by occupational scientists and occupational therapists over the past 20 years, summarize what we have learned from this research, and suggest future directions for play research in occupational science. The focus of the review will be on research that illuminates the nature of play and its relationship to occupational experiences or lifestyle design; research that focuses on intervention will be excluded from this review. Studies will be organized with respect to conceptual or theoretical viewpoint, research problem, participants, and contributions to knowledge regarding occupation. Brian Sutton-Smith's seven rhetorics of play will be used to set the reviewed research within a broader universe of discourses surrounding play phenomena, and to identify gaps where future research might be directed in order to contribute a fuller understanding of the play element in occupation.

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Current Status of Play Research in Occupational Science

The complex, enigmatic nature of play offers a kaleidoscope of possibilities for studying occupation. In this presentation, I will review play research conducted by occupational scientists and occupational therapists over the past 20 years, summarize what we have learned from this research, and suggest future directions for play research in occupational science. The focus of the review will be on research that illuminates the nature of play and its relationship to occupational experiences or lifestyle design; research that focuses on intervention will be excluded from this review. Studies will be organized with respect to conceptual or theoretical viewpoint, research problem, participants, and contributions to knowledge regarding occupation. Brian Sutton-Smith's seven rhetorics of play will be used to set the reviewed research within a broader universe of discourses surrounding play phenomena, and to identify gaps where future research might be directed in order to contribute a fuller understanding of the play element in occupation.