(Re)Conceptualizing Relationships With PlaygroundsFollow Up AECEO Discussion:

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 at 7.00pm EST

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Play/grounding & Pedagogy: Unravelling relationships with ECE playgrounds

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
The Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO)

Educators across Canada are far too familiar with playground scripts: position for easy supervision, introduce loose parts, encourage free play, promote motor skills, etc. But how often do we question the theories and assumptions that make these positions sound so absolute? For over a year, educators at a childcare centre in Sarnia have been working alongside pedagogists and a playground designer to shape the pedagogies that disrupt these dogmatic scripts and to reimagine the center’s preschool playground.

In this presentation, the centre’s director Joanie Vallinga, the director of education Anne Marie Coughlin and the playground designer Tatiana Zakharova will share images, sounds, stories, and questions that inspired and continue to drive the work of rethinking our relationships with and on playgrounds. Together, we will consider: What do ECE playgrounds do, and how might these outdoor play-focused spaces connect to educational philosophies of today and challenges of tomorrow? How might we deeply and meaningfully intertwine pedagogical work and design of outdoor spaces for children? What might playgrounds look, feel and work like if the considerations behind their design and purpose are not driven by developmental psychology alone?

The centre’s educators will join the presentation with stories from their classrooms, as presenters will discuss the history of playgrounds and share the details of the design that’s currently under construction. The presentation will be followed by a facilitated break-out room discussion and the space to share and ask questions.

[R] Zakharova, T. & Agarwal. M. (accepted). Digital Collaboratory. Children’s Geographies, Special Issue: Collaboratories.  [Lead author; expected publication: 2021]

Articles & Presentations

Taylor, A., Zakharova, T. & Cullen, M. (2021). Common worlding pedagogies: Opening up to learning with worlds. Journal of Childhood Studies, 46(4).

Zakharova, T. & Quinn, M. (October 6-8, 2021). Play Experience: Evaluating and Thinking with Outdoor Play Spaces [Conference presentation]. American Society of Landscape Architects, Washington. 

Zakharova, T. (2021, June). Sweet Sweaty Play. The Pedagogist Network of Ontario Magazine, 3.

Zakharova, T. & Cullen, M. (2021). Mapping Children’s Place Stories. Shanghai Education, 16: 12-13 塔蒂亚娜·萨哈罗娃-古德曼 & 莫琳·库伦 (2021) 绘制孩子们的故事地图.上海教, 16:12-13. 

Zakharova, T. (2021, July 7-8). Bag-lady dance with play [Conference presentation]. Play 2021: A conference on children, play and space, Birmingham, UK [virtual].

Zakharova, T. (2021, June 21). Sweet, sweet sweaty play [Roundtable presentation]. The Ediths’ Roundtable, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia [virtual].

Zakharova, T. (2021, April 19). The Materiality of Play: Early Childhood Education Research in Diffractive Dialogue with Dance as an Artistic Practice [Presentation & conversation with Justine Chambers]. Disrupting Early Childhood Series, York University, Toronto, Canada [virtual].

Zakharova, T. (2020, March 27). Playgrounding as World-Making [Conference presentation]. Robert Macmillan Symposium in Education, Western University, London, Canada [virtual].

Anderson, L., Hiseler, J., Mays, R., Zakharova, T., & Manteuffel, S. (2020, Spring). Beyond Barriers: The challenge and opportunity of inclusive design. Ground Magazine, 49. [member of the round table].

Zakharova, T. (2019, October 25). Inclusion: The Magic of Play [Public talk]. The Walrus Talks, Waterloo, Canada.

Zakharova, T. (2019, March). Playing Field: A Conversation [Panel discussion]. Koffler Gallery, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, Canada.

Zakharova, T. (2020, April 13). Notes on tape. Studio V Journal, 2019/2020, 25-26.