Welcome word of dr. Jan Van Gils, president of ICCP
We are happy and proud that the next ICCP conference will be organised in Vilnius, Lithuania. The LEU University is a wonderful partner for this initiative because of his original pedagogical approach of children’s play. The University has a very open mind in his approach of children and his hospitality is warm and playful.
The 27th ICCP-conference will focus on researching play by a wide variety of disciplines and ditto experts. Children’s play can be approached from very different perspectives, but all of them try to contribute to a better understanding of this phenomenon of children’s play. Children’s play is very complex, it’s kaleidoscopic and holistic, it belongs to the children’s perspectives and to the ownership of children. Everyone knows playing: children and parents, pupils and teachers, play workers and artists, scientists and gardeners etc. but none of them can describe it exhaustible. This characteristic makes the conference fascinating. The conference is like a market place where everyone has something to offer and something to accept. The participants always are learning from each other and they go home enriched.
I hope that you will be one of the participants who wants to participate in this unique learning community. You can be sure, it will be a nice experience.
With playful greetings,
Dr. Jan VAN GILS
Some important information
The aim of International Council for Children's Play (ICCP) is to promote research on play and toys in various countries and to exchange research findings, to promote the understanding of play and toys, to organize campaigns to ensure the child's right to play, to raise the standards of toys and to inform the public about good toys and their value in child development. Starting from the 1959, there were 26 conferences held in various countries. Due to unexpected circumstances, the 27th conference was postponed from 2015 in Brussels to 2017 in Vilnius.
‘Researching Play – Challenges and Opportunities’ aims to share effective ways of researching play and to promote discussion about the methodical challenges faced by play researchers. This conference aims to stimulate a multidisciplinary exchange of knowledge and experience, and abstracts are welcome from researchers studying play from any discipline.
A flyer on the conference can be downloaded here
People behind the conference
Chair of the conference - dr. Milda Bredikyte, Play Research Laboratory, Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences