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Play, Learning and the Early Childhood Curriculum

Play, Learning and the Early Childhood Curriculum

Third Edition

March 2013 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The Third Edition of this popular book reflects contemporary research as well as thinking about the role and value of play in learning and development, within and beyond early childhood. The author explores recent developments across international contexts which endorse play, and argues for critical engagement with some aspects of policy discourse in how 'educational play' is constrructed. This accesible book also reviews contemporary theoretical trends which focus on the meanings and intentions that children bring to their play.

The new edition includes coverage of:

- play in education policies; UK and international perspectives

- working with parents

- social and cultural diversity

- children with special educational needs and disabilities

- outdoor play

Each chapter includes case studies provided by practitioners, along with questions and tasks to promote critical engagement and reflection on key issues and debates.

This book is for students on Childhood Studies courses and those on Initial Teacher Education and Masters programmes in early childhood and primary education. Experienced practitioners on CPD courses will also find it useful.

List of figures
About the Author
A Note from the Author
Add-on Material
Understanding Play: Complexity and Challenge
Understanding Children's Learning: Contemporary Theoretical Perspectives
Play in National Policies: International Perspectives
Play and the Curriculum
Play and Pedagogy
Play and Learning in Outdoor Environments
Assessing Children's Learning in Play
Developing Play
Author index
Subject index

Contemporary debates surrounding playful pedagogy and the early year’s curriculum are thoroughly discussed in the informative text. Excellent resource for truly understanding play. Highly recommended for undergraduate as well as postgraduate study.

Mrs Sharon Colilles
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Beckett University
April 9, 2015

The main emphasis of this book is play and this is a subject that students often feel that they know everything about - however this book opens up different concepts and ideas and will give real food for thought. I particularly like the 'activity' boxes

Mrs Tanya Richardson
School of Education, Northampton University
March 31, 2015

Excellent text for students and practitioners.

Ms Caroline Brooks
Faculty of Development & Society, Sheffield Hallam University
March 3, 2015

This is an excellent critical companion to playful pedagogy and the current curriculum. This text has encouraged much debate in the classroom and has been a source of thought provoking discussion.

Miss Jo Button
Education , South Devon College
February 11, 2015

An essential text for final year and post graduate students

Mrs Jo Albin-Clark
Faculty of Education (Ormskirk), Edge Hill Univ.
July 8, 2014

Very useful and accessible text for students to help them to understand the place of play in the Early Years Curriculum.

Mrs Clare Wiseman
Department of Childhood Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
July 1, 2014

A good source of information on what is often a popular and yet difficult topic for novice research students

Mr Mark Tymms
Division of Youth & Community, De Montfort University
June 23, 2014

This book helps sudents to understand the relationship between play, learning and development and pedagogy and the refelctive tasks maintain the students' interest levels.

Ms Aoife Cooney
Business & Social Sciences, Sligo Institute of Technology
June 3, 2014

An essential book for students on an Early Years FD course as it effectively links practice to theory and curriculum.

Mrs Jane Wellock
Child Studies, York College
June 3, 2014

An excellent book providing a contempory view of play. The book will be useful for students within a variety of modules across the three year programme, so providing good value for money.

Mrs Lisa Jeffery
School of Education, Northampton University
May 13, 2014

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