Perspectives on PlayLearning for Life
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This book presents a review and critical analysis of research in the field whilst exploring development in the early childhood years from a broad range of multi-disciplinary perspectives. Brock's approach will offer a dynamic perspective on the practice of play that will rival existing texts currently on the market, it will be a valuable asset for any student studying for an Early Childhood, Childhood, or Education Studies degree.
Section 1 The Value of Play? Psychological, Educationaa and Playwork Perspectives
1 Three Perspectives on Play
2 'We don't Play Like That Here': Social, Cultural and Gender Perspectives on Play Yinka Olusoga
Section 2 Children at Play: A Journey through the Years (0-11)
3 Curriculum and Pedagogy of Play: A Multitude of Perspectives? Avril Brock
4 Born to Play: Babies and Toddlers Playing Jonathan Doherty, Avril Brock, Jackie Brock and Pam Jarvis
5 Playing in the Early Years: At Liberty to Play - Not only Legal but also Statutory! Avril Brock
6 'We Want to Play': Primary Children at Play in the Classroom Sylvia Dodds
Section 3 Supporting Children's Play
7 Building 'Social Hardiness' for Life: Rough and Tumble Play in the Early Years of Primary School Pam Jarvis
8 Play for Children with Special Educational Needs Jonathan Doherty
9 Playwork Fraser Brown
10 Opening Play: Research into Play and Dramatherapy Phil Jones
Section 4 Concluding Perspectives
11 Play, Learning for Life: The Vital Role of Play in Human Development Pam Jarvis and Jane George
12 Afterword: What Now for Play Pam Jarvis, Sylvia Dodds and Avril Brock
- The text is organised into three sections: 'What is Play?' examines historical, contemporary and socio-cultural issues. 'Children at Play' presents a continuum of play from babyhood through to primary age, and 'Supporting Childrens Play' looks at SEN, play therapy and playwork.
- Each chapter contains pedagogical features that are illustrated through a range of observations, photographs, interviews and discussions with participants.
- A detailed discussion about research outcomes is provided to present findings and provide the opportunity for students to challenge research and to assess how methodological problems can be overcome
- 'Ideas in action' explores how theories can be translated in the real-world and 'Improving Practice and'Next Steps' discuss how to overcome challenges to ensure that these ideas are effective; ultimately these two featurues are focussed upon improving the content of practice itself.
- 'Summary and Review' presents an overview of the issues, ideas and concerns that have been raised throughout the chapter and pinpoints the most crucial developments in that particular field