The Neufeld Scientific Research Centre


  • Elkind, D. (2007). The Power of Play – learning what comes naturally. Berkeley: Perseus Books.
  • Brown, S. (2009). Play: how it shapes the brain, opens the imagination, and invigorates the soul Penguin Group.

  • Brown, S. (2014). The Consequences of Play Deprivation Scholarpedia, 9(5):30449.

  • Gray, P. (2011). The Decline of Play and the Rise of Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents, American Journal of Play, Spring.


Model of Student Engagement (by dr Neufeld)

  • Marcon, R.E. 2002. Moving up the Grades: Relationship between Preschool Model and Later School Success. Early Childhood Research & Practice. Volume 4, Spring, 2002. (Results: “By the end of their sixth year in school, children whose preschool experiences had been academically directed earned significantly lower grades compared to children who had attended child-initiated preschool classes. Children’s later school success appears to have been enhanced by more active, child-initiated early learning experiences. Their progress may have been slowed by overly academic preschool experiences that introduced formalized learning experiences too early for most children’s developmental status”.)

  • Gray, P. (2013). Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. Basic Books.