I am doing some research towards a Master of Education degree. The research is autoethnographic, community-informed action research with elements borrowed from grounded theory. The topic is play*. Specifically, what barriers people face to play, and what factors facilitate play. Although this research is not part of Project Play YQR, it helps inform how the organization might better understand and respond to the needs of the community.
*Play = an all-consuming process of enjoyment or recreation where one has no specific product or intention in mind.
I will be having approximately 12, 60-90 minute conversations with caregivers (legal guardians) of children between 0-9 years old. The conversations will be a combination of group and individual conversations. Each one will be recorded and transcribed, then coded. I will look for patterns or interesting information that may emerge as the study continues. Each conversation will help to inform the ones that follow after; the research is therefore responsive and evolves according to the findings. The autoethnographic piece of this work is that I am a participant myself; I participate fully in the conversations, and I examine my own experiences as a mother of two. As we continue to explore barriers to play, I will begin to refer to common barriers to play that are coming up throughout the study, and begin asking participants how they think they have or could overcome these barriers. This will contribute to a community resource that helps to create connection, understanding, and play accessibility.
Instagram is a helpful tool during this study; it provides an invaluable accessibility and transparency to this work. Besides the in-person interviews, I will also be sorting through online submissions either to my university email address or to the Instagram Playyqr account, where results will also be shared periodically. During interviews caregivers are welcome to bring or have their children present if needed, as this also provides greater accessibility to this study.
Participant Consent Form
Please take a moment to fill out the following survey. Please cut and paste the survey into an email, and send the results to email@example.com. Please know that your email address, name, and personal information will be not be shared or known to anyone other than the principal investigator (Whitney), unless you specifically indicate that you would like your name used throughout the final write-up. By filling out this survey and submitting your response, you give informed consent to have your responses used in this study. You may ignore questions that you feel are irrelevant to your experience or that you would prefer not to answer, If pressed for time, filling out only the questions in bold and sending them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org would be incredibly helpful to this work. Thank you!
How does a typical day with your children go?
What barriers do you face to play?
Do you think that how you played growing up affects how your children play now?
Are there any spaces that you visit often to play, or favourite spaces? Tell me about what
brings your family back to this space.
If you were to think of what, if anything, stops you from going out to public spaces to
play, what comes to mind?Is there anything that might help you overcome this obstacle?
If you were to think of what prevents your kids from playing at home (including in a
backyard, if applicable), what comes to mind?
What would help you overcome this barrier, if anything?
Are there any obstacles to play you feel you have already overcome?
How do you travel to playspaces? What do you bring with you?
Are there any negative experiences that stand out to you about being in a public playspace? What stands out about it? Do you think that/those experiences have affected how often and where you go out with your family now?
What facilitates play for you and your family? What helps you play?
Imagine the perfect scene for you and your children to play. Tell me about it--where
are you? Who is there? What is everyone doing? What stands out?
Could you create this scene in real life? Why or why not?
Do you feel satisfied with the amount of time you dedicate to your own play and recreation - your hobbies, interests, and activities, outside of your family/ work/ home obligations?
Do you have anything else to add about what barriers and facilitating factors you have to play?
Regina and these playspaces are situated on Treaty 4 territory, the original lands of the Cree, Ojibwe, Saulteaux, Dakota, Nakota, Lakota, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.