Realizing article 31 through General Comment No. 17: overcoming challenges and the quest for an optimum play environment

John H. McKendrick, Janet Loebach, Theresa Casey

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Abstract

This is an introductory paper to a theme collection of papers arising from the 20th IPA Triennial World Conference held in Calgary (Canada) in 2017, which was
attended by more than 700 delegates representing close to 50 countries and more than 400 presentations were delivered across four days. Following the conference, it became apparent that there was a need to revisit the existing body of knowledge on play in the physical environment—across a wide range of geographic and sociocultural contexts—to advance contemporary understanding of the key issues that were constraining children’s opportunities to play. Drawing inspiration from section six of General Comment No. 17, this special issue of Children, Youth and Environments addresses four themes, two of which are core to General Comment No. 17 and two of which are interwoven through it. We selected the papers in this collection from presentations delivered by play researchers, advocates, designers, educators, and practitioners at the IPA World Conference.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalChildren, Youth and Environments
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2018

Keywords

  • Article 31
  • UNCRC
  • play
  • play environments
  • children
  • children's environments

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