The Importance of Free Play - Dr. Peter Gray

Sep 16, 04:30 PM
Peter Gray, Ph.D., research professor at Boston College, is author of Free to Learn (Basic Books) and Psychology (Worth Publishers, a college textbook now in its 8th edition).  He has conducted and published research in comparative, evolutionary, developmental, and educational psychology. He did his undergraduate study at Columbia University and earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences at Rockefeller University. His current research and writing focus is primarily on children's natural ways of learning and the life-long value of play. His own play includes not only his research and writing, but also long distance bicycling, kayaking, back-woods skiing, and vegetable gardening.

Table of Contents:

0:00 - Intro 

2:53 - Growing up

10:54 - What led you into being interested in Free Play?

23:30 - How rapidly has children’s play declined recently?

32:36 - Work with Lenore Skenazy

33:59 - Where is the happy medium of play with regards to safety?

38:20 - Discussion of the ideas and work of Dr. Michael Hynes, about free play in schools

43:07 - Examples of free play in sports, and what kids want

50:07 - Characteristics to have as coaches or teachers

55:03 - Impact of screen time on free play

1:01:51 - Shouldn’t 2-5 year old kids be playing outside instead of on screens?

1:06:10 - Are perceptions of danger a result of social media?

1:09:35 - Top book recommendations

1:10:43 - Emphasizing fun and free play to parents and coaches

1:13:20 - Street hockey ban in Nova Scotia

1:14:50 - Resources 

1:18:00 - Age that kids can go out