Not so “free”: Increasing elementary children’s free time

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Santos, Annie
play; children; liberal studies; lifelong impact; Liberal Studies
thesis / dissertation description
Free play has been drastically decreasing recently and this is an issue for young children. Factors contributing to this decline include external influences, such as school, parents, and activities. This issue is important for children’s lives, impacting their health and developmental skills. This project works toward providing more opportunities for children to experience free play throughout their everyday lives. The primary stakeholder perspectives obtained were the parents of children who are directly affected by this issue. Based on an analysis of the data and relevant research literature, an action was untaken to respond to the lack of free play in a way that informs the individuals impacted by this issue.