Publications

Journal Articles

  1. & Play and inclusive education: greek teachers’ attitudes. European Journal of Special Education Research 3(3), 129-163.
  2. & Play in Middle Childhood: Everyday Play Behaviour and Associated Emotions. Children & Society
  3. & Junk modelling at the British Science Festival: A reflection on non-directive play in action. Journal of Playwork Practice 3(2), 149-154.
  4. & Free choice or adaptable choice: self-determination theory and play. American Journal of Play 9(1), 56-70.
  5. & Trainee teachers’ perspectives on play characteristics and their role in children's play: an international comparative study amongst trainees in the Netherlands, Wales, Germany and Finland. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal 23(2), 277-292.
  6. & Factors influencing children’s perceptions of choice within their free play activity: the impact of functional, structural and social affordances. Journal of Playwork Practice 1(2)
  7. & Children's Perceptions of Choice in Relation to their Play at Home, in the School Playground and at The Out-of-School Club. Children and Society
  8. & Living in a Broken World: How young children's well being is supported through playing out their earthquake experiences. International Journal of Play 2(3), 202-219.
  9. & Everyday Preschool Talk about the Christchurch Earthquakes. Australian Journal of Communication 40(1), 103-122.
  10. & The impact of children's perception of an activity as play rather than not play on emotional well-being. Child: Care, Health and Development 39(5), 737-742.
  11. & The nature of adult-child interaction in the early years classroom: Implications for children’s perceptions of play and subsequent learning behaviour. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal 21(2), 268-282.
  12. & Play as a Resource for Children Facing Adversity: An Exploration of Indicative Case Studies. Children & Society 26(6), 456-468.
  13. & Exploring the presence of characteristics associated with play within the ritual repetitive behaviour of autistic children. International Journal of Play 1(2), 139
  14. & Computer use within a play-based Early Years curriculum. International Journal of Early Years Education 20(2), 175-189.
  15. & Differences in practitioners’ understanding of play and how this influences pedagogy and children’s perceptions of play.. Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development 31(2), 121-133.
  16. Early years practitioners’ perceptions of play: An exploration of theoretical understanding, planning and involvement, confidence and barriers to practice. Educational and Child Psychology 27(4), 91-102.
  17. & Differences in adult-child interactions during playful and formal practice conditions: An initial investigation. Psychology of Education Review 34(1)
  18. & Understanding children's free play at home, in school and at the after school club: A preliminary investigation into play types, social grouping and perceived control. Psychology of Education Review 34(1), 32-41.
  19. & Behavioural Differences Exhibited by Children When Practicing a Task Under Formal and Playful Conditions. Journal of Educational and Child Psychology 26(2), 31-39.
  20. & Perceptions of Play and Playfulness: Implications for the Implementation of the Foundation Phase in Wales. Welsh Journal of Education 14(2), 102-109.
  21. & Exploring Early Years Practitioners Effective Verbal Internations in the Outdoor Environment. Welsh Journal of Education 14(2), 117-123.
  22. & Research into Practice: Creating Playful Classroom Environments. Psychology of Education Review 31(1), 27-34.
  23. & Children's Categorisations of Play and Learning Based on Social Context. Early Child Development and Care 176(3/4), 379-393.
  24. & The Effectiveness of Playful Practice for Learning in the Early Years. Psychology of Education Review 30(1), 52-58.
  25. Eliciting Children's Perceptions of Play, Work and Learning Using the Activity Apperception Story Procedure. Early Child Development and Care 172, 489-502.
  26. & Playfulness to Maximise Learning in the Early Years Classroom. EducatiON-LINE

Books

  1. Sheridans Play in Early Childhood from Birth to Six Years (4e). UK: Routledge.
  2. & (Eds.). Creative Psychotherapy: Applying the principles of neurobiology to play and expressive arts based therapy. London: Routledge.
  3. & Play in Early Childhood: From Birth to Six Years - Greek edition. Konstantaras Medical Books.
  4. & (Eds.). Play Therapy Today: Contemporary Practice with Individuals, Groups and Carers. Oxford: Routledge.
  5. & The Essence of Play: A Practice Companion for Professionals Working with Children and Young People. Routledge.
  6. & Play in Early Childhood: From Birth to Six Years. Routledge.
  7. & (Eds.). Play and Learning in the Early Years: Research into Practice. Sage Publications.

Book Chapters

  1. Securing the Future of Play in Early Childhood Education: Journeying with Children Toward the Essence of Play to Evidence its Function and Value. In Whitebread et al (Eds) The Sage Handbook of Developmental Psychology and Early Childhood Education. London: Sage.
  2. Play and Development in Early Childhood (4e). In Introduction to Early Childhood Studies. UK: Sage.
  3. & Neurobiologically Informed Psychotherapy. In Creative Psychotherapy. London: Routledge.
  4. & Living in a Broken World: How young children's well being is supported through playing out their earthquake experiences. In Cindy Clark (Ed.), Play and Wellbeing. Routledge.
  5. & A Review of the Analysis of Children's Conversations about Traumatic Events. In Michelle O'Reilly & Jessica Lester (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Child Mental Health.
  6. An Introduction to Play Therapy Today. In Play Therapy Today: Contemporary Practice with Individuals, Groups and Carers.
  7. & Using Play Therapeutically with Children in a Hospital Setting. In Justine Howard and Eileen Prendiville (Ed.), Play Therapy Today: Contemporary Practice with Individuals, Groups and Careers. Routledge.
  8. The Importance of Play. In Penny Mukherji and Louise Dryden (Ed.), Foundations of Early Childhood: Principles and Practice. Sage.
  9. & The Developmental and Therapeutic Potential of Play Across Contexts: Re-establishing early years practitioners as play professionals. In Janet Moyles (4e) (Ed.), The Excellence of Play. Open University Press.
  10. Play and Development in Early Childhood. In Trisha Maynard and Sacha Powell (Ed.), Introduction to Early Childhood Studies. (pp. 115-127). Sage.
  11. Thinking Through the Challenge of Implementing a Play-based Curriculum: Increasing Playfulness via Co-construction. In Professor Janet Moyles (Ed.), Thinking About Play. Open University Press.
  12. The Developmental and Therapeutic Value of Children’s Play: Re-establishing Teachers as Play Professionals. In Professor Janet Moyles (Ed.), The Excellence of Play. Open University Press.
  13. & Introduction to Play and Learning in the Early Years. In Professor Pat Broadhead. Dr Justine Howard, Professor Elizabeth Wood (Ed.), Play and Learning in the Early Years. Sage.
  14. Understanding Playful Learning and Playful Pedagogies: Towards a New Research Agenda. In Prof Pat Broadhead, Dr Justine Howard, Prof Elizabeth Wood (Ed.), Play and Learning in the Early Years.
  15. Making the most of play in the early years: Understanding and Building on Children’s Perceptions. In Prof Pat Broadhead, Dr Justine Howard, Prof Elizabeth Wood (Ed.), Play and Learning in the Early Years. Sage.
  16. Play, Learning and Development in the Early Years. In Trisha Maynard and Nigel Thomas (Ed.), Introduction to Early Childhood Studies. Sage.

Conference Contributions

  1. (2018). Invited Presentation: Through Infancy and Beyond: Journeying Toward the Essence of Play. Philadelphia: International Congress of Infant Studies (ICIS).
  2. (2018). Invited Presentation: The Role of Practitioners in Facilitating Playful Learning Environments. Dublin: Early Years Education Policy Unit, Department of Education and Skills.
  3. (2018). Keynote address: Reconceptualising Play and Playfulness: The Key to Effective Practice in Early Childhood Education. University of Dublin: RECEC/NCCA Symposium.
  4. (2018). Invited presentation: Supporting Emotional Health and Wellbeing Through Play. Dublin: National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.
  5. & (2013). Presentation delivered at Swansea University Play conference, Swansea, November 8th 2013.
  6. & (2013). Workshop delivered at the PlayBoard conference, Belfast, October 8th 2013.
  7. & (2013). Facilitating Young Children's Communication About their Christchurch Earthquake Experiences. Presented at Australian and New Zealand Disaster Management Conference, Brisbane:
  8. & (2012). Is Play Freely Chosen? Workshop delivered at the Spirit of Adventure Play Conference, Cardiff.
  9. & (2012). Is Play Freely Chosen? Myth or Reality. Workshop delivered at the National Playwork Conference, Eastbourne.
  10. & (2011). Is play freely chosen? Workshop delivered at the IPA world play conference, Cardiff.
  11. & (2011). Role of Play in Schools. Part of the School Symposium at the IPA world play conference, Cardiff.
  12. & (2011). Indicators of children’s wellbeing in activities defined by children as play or not play. IPA World Conference, Playing into the Future – surviving and thriving, 4-7th July, Cardiff.
  13. & (2010). Invited Presentation: Play as a resource for children facing adversity. Greenwich: Play and Recreation Conference.
  14. & (2010). Is play freely chosen? Free Play at Home, in School and at the After School Club. Children in Wales Play Conference, Towers Hotel, Jersey Marine, Swansea.
  15. & (2010). Understanding Children’s Free Play at Home, in School and at the After School Club presented at the 8th Playwork Conference, Eastbourne.
  16. & (2010). Comparing indicators of wellbeing in activities children define as play or not play. BPS Education Section Annual Conference, Milton Keynes.
  17. & (2009). Understanding Children's Free Play at Home, in School and at the After School Club: A preliminary investigation into play types and perceived control. Presented at British Psychological Society: Psychology of Education Section,
  18. & (2009). Transitions in adult-child interactions during playful and formal practice conditions. BPS Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference Preston, 30/10-1/11.
  19. & (2008). Behavioural Differences Exhibited in Children Performing Under Playful and Formal Practice Conditions. BPS Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference, Milton Keynes, 31/10-2/11.

Other Research Outputs

  1. & (2015). Perceptions of Play in Middle Childhood. UNILEVER
  2. (2013). Invited Panel Expert at European Parliament Event: Taking Play Seriously: Investing in Europe’s Future . Brussels
  3. & (2010). How much freedom do children have in their free play? Article in Ip-dip Magazine for Play Professionals, no.15 .
  4. & (2010). Integrating ICT within Play Based Curricula in the Early Years - Report based on funded research to the CfBT Educational Trust. : Report based on funded research to the CFbT Education Trust.
  5. & (2010). Children's free play at home, in school and at the after school club. (Ip-DIP for Play Professionals No. January).
  6. & (2010). Consultation Response to the Welsh Poverty Strategy. Welsh Assembly Government
  7. & (2010). Making the Most of Music: A Pilot Parent Child Early Intervention Project. Flying Start, Wales
  8. (2010). An Evaluation of the Booktime Project in Wales. Booktrust
  9. (2010). Measuring Children's Heights and Weights in Wales: Contribution to the NPHS Consulting Children Report. NPHS
  10. & (2010). The Welsh Growth Surveillance Initiative: Consulting Children. NPHS
  11. (2009). What’s so special about play? The significance of emotional resilience and well being. Invited presentation for the Children and Young Peoples Network: Day Conference on Play and Well-being. Waterfront Museum, Swansea, UK
  12. (2009). Invited Presentation at the International Expert Meeting on Early Childhood Education: The Value of Researching Children’s Perceptions of Play: Empirical, Theoretical and Practical Perspectives. . Faculty of Education, University of Applied Science: Utrecht
  13. & (2009). Measuring childhood heights and weights in Wales (children's perspectives) - Report based on funded research to the Welsh Assembly Government for inclusion in final PHOW report. : Public Health Observatory for Wales / NPHS.
  14. & (2009). The Effective Play Provision in the Classroom Project. Bridgend Borough Council
  15. (2008). Developmental and Therapeutic Play. (Ip-DIP for Play Professionals No. September).
  16. (2008). Formal Response on Behalf of the Psychological Society on the Fair Play Document.
  17. & (2008). Developmental and Therapeutic Play - An Article for Ip-Dip: The Magazine for Play Professionals. (Ip-Dip No. 5).
  18. & (2008). Edited Journal Edition - 'Cognitive Learning Style'. (Psychology of Education Review No. 32).
  19. & (2005). Individual differences in e-learning provision - Special Issue of the Psychology of Education Review. (Individual Differences in E-Learning Provision No. 29). : British Psychological Society
  20. (2002). An Ecosystemic Approach to Developmentally Appropriate Practice in the Early Years. Cardiff University
  21. (2000). The Psychology of Education Section Conference Review. (The Psychologist No. October Issue).