Play and Learning in the Early Years

From Research to Practice

Author: Pat Broadhead,Justine Howard,Elizabeth Wood

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446244333

Category: Education

Page: 208

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Providing high quality play experiences is an essential part of good early years education, but this can pose a challenge for practitioners who face pressure from a more didactic primary curriculum, and from parents worried that their children will fail to acquire essential skills and knowledge. By helping the reader to develop their understanding of the complex relationships between play and learning, this book examines current theoretical perspectives on play, alongside examples of recent and innovative play research from a range of disciplinary and methodological perspectives. With contributions from leading play scholars, it brings together theory, research, policy and practice in relation to play and learning in early years settings. The emphasis is on the relationship between play and learning, and play and pedagogy, and the need to understand these dimensions more substantially in order to teach with confidence. Included are chapters on: - the influence of play on thinking, problem-solving and creativity - cooperative play and learning - play, risk and outdoor learning - learning to play in cultural context There are chapter objectives, reflective points, reflective tasks and suggestions for further reading throughout, to facilitate critical thinking and encourage independent study. Suitable for early years practitioners, early childhood students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and all those who work with and care for young children, this is an exciting and thought-provoking book.
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Play and Learning in Early Childhood Settings

International Perspectives

Author: Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson,Marilyn Fleer

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402084986

Category: Education

Page: 195

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This book represents the outcome of the joint activities of a group of scholars who were concerned about the lack of international research in play for children from birth to 3 years. The authors are members of the Organisation Mondiale pour ` l’Education Prescholaire ́ (OMEP). For further information, see http://www.om- ong.net/. The idea of carrying out a research project internationally was born at the OMEP’s World Congress in Melbourne, Australia 2004. All member countries were invited and 10 countries decided to participate, of which three have withdrawn d- ing the process. The reason for this might be that in these countries only one person was working with the project, while other seven countries have been working in a team of two or more persons. The countries that have carried out research and contributed to this book with a chapter each are Australia, Chile, China, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden and USA (Wisconsin). For more information about the p- ticipating countries and their corresponding addresses, see Appendix I. This book project started in Melbourne with a discussion about what is general in early childhood education globally, and what is culturally speci c. The discussion was inspired by one of the keynote speakers, Nazhat Shameem (2004), judge in the supreme court in Fiji, when she said: “If we all think we are so different and speci c in each culture, the role of human rights has no value anymore.” We formulated three questions:
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Child-Initiated Play and Learning

Planning for possibilities in the early years

Author: Annie Woods

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134888600

Category: Education

Page: 144

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Child-Initiated Play and Learning shows how a creative approach to learning that allows for spontaneous adventures in play through child-led projects can lead to rich learning experiences that build on children’s own interests. This second edition has been fully updated in light of policy and curriculum changes and features new material to help practitioners make informed decisions around digital technology and how children engage with it. Including scenarios and provocative questions for reflective practice, this book looks at planning and considers the possibilities that should be encouraged when playing alongside young children. Drawing on practice from Reggio Emilia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and in settings in the UK, the book covers all aspects of planning including: how to enable and empower children to lead projects; organisation of indoor and outdoor materials and space; inclusive practice and contemporary research; learning through managing risks and adventurous play; working with parents and carers; challenging teams to explore what they actually believe about possibilities of play. In a busy setting it can be difficult to adopt a flexible, creative approach to planning that embraces the unexpected rather than relying on templates or existing schemes of work. This book will give readers the confidence to adopt a flexible approach to planning that will better meet the needs of the children in their care. The authors are experienced lecturers, practitioners, advisors and managers. Working with students, visiting placements, training teachers and early years professionals, they provide a sense of real purpose in their optimistic writing and enjoyment in the themes made explicit throughout this book.
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Playing and Learning in Early Childhood Education

Author: Beverlie Dietze,Diane Dietze,Diane Kashin

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780135125465

Category: Early childhood education

Page: 445

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Playing and Learning in Early Childhood Education supports early childhood education students, practitioners, and primary educators to engage in the exploration of the theoretical framework of play, characteristics of play, the environmental and cultural factors that influence play, and the application of developmentally appropriate play practices. The text includes in-depth information on emerging topics such as environmental literacy, sustainability in play settings, and the impact of new technology, as well as the importance of outdoor play to combat the rise of obesity.
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Planning Children's Play and Learning in the Foundation Stage

Author: Jane Drake

Publisher: David Fulton Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 152

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Fully reflecting the content of the Foundation Stage's Early Learning Goals (DfEE 1999), this text is written for all practitioners working in Early Years settings, as well as those pursuing Qualified Teacher Status for the 3-5 year age group.
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Play and Learning in the Early Years

An Inclusive Approach

Author: Angela Glenn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136767142

Category: Education

Page: 88

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Play is crucial to every child's development. Use these practical strategies to ensure all children benefit from learning through play. Includes: Short case studies that illustrate how strategies work in practice Practical, topical information on how to include all children in day-to-day activities Explanation of how different types of SEN can affect a child's play Advice on how to address different behaviours seen during play Photocopiable resources Written for practitioners in all pre-school settings, as well as students, parents and childminders.
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Play and Learning in the Early Years

Practical activities and games for the under 3s

Author: Jennie Lindon

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 190724199X

Category: Education

Page: 67

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This book is a comprehensive resource for practical activities and games for the under threes. As well as providing a wealth of activities for pre-school children, this book maps out exactly how each activities relates to the child's development. This book approaches the years of 0-1, 1-2 and 2-3 of a child's life and suggests a wide range of activities that are developmentally appropriate for each of these age ranges. Activities at each age range cover the following areas of learning and development at a level suitable for toddlers and babies: Communication, Language and Literacy Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy Knowledge and Understanding of the World Personal, Social and Emotional Development Creative Development Physical Development An essential guide to the importance of play, this book will be of use to anyone working with the under threes.
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Play, Learning and the Early Childhood Curriculum

SAGE Publications

Author: Elizabeth Wood

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 144628946X

Category: Education

Page: 208

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Lecturers, why waste time waiting for the post to arrive? Request and receive your e-inspection copy today! 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. For additional online material visit www.sagepub.co.uk/wood
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SAGE Handbook of Play and Learning in Early Childhood

Author: Elizabeth Brooker,Mindy Blaise,Susan Edwards

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 147391437X

Category: Education

Page: 448

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'This Handbook offers diverse perspectives from scholars across the globe who help us see play in new ways. At the same time the basic nature of play gives a context for us to learn new theoretical frameworks and methods. A real gem!' - Beth Graue, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, USA Play and learning scholarship has developed considerably over the last decade, as has the recognition of its importance to children’s learning and development. Containing chapters from highly respected researchers, whose work has been critical to building knowledge and expertise in the field, this Handbook focuses on examining historical, current and future research issues in play and learning scholarship. Organized into three sections which consider: theoretical and philosophical perspectives on play and learning play in pedagogy, curriculum and assessment play contexts. The Handbook's breadth, clarity and rigor will make it essential reading for researchers and postgraduate students, as well as professionals with interest in this dynamic and changing field. Liz Brooker is Reader in Early Childhood in the Faculty of Children and Learning at the Institute of Education, University of London. Mindy Blaise is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Department of Early Childhood Education at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Susan Edwards is Associate Professor in Curriculum and Pedagogy at Australian Catholic University. This handbook's International Advisory Board included: Jo Aliwood, The University of Newcastle, Australia Pat Broadhead, Leeds Metropolitan University, Australia Stig Brostrom, Aarhus University, Denmark Hasina Ebrahim, University of the Free State, South Africa Beth Graue, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, USA Amita Gupta, The City College of New York, CUNY, USA Marjatta Kalliala, University of Helsinki, Finland Rebecca Kantor, University of Colorado Denver, USA Colette Murphy, Trinity College, Dublin, Republic of Ireland Ellen Sandseter, Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education, Norway
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Playing Outdoors in the Early Years

Author: Ros Garrick

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1847065473

Category: Education

Page: 132

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Considers every aspect of outdoor play - from its rationale in early childhood education, to incorporating it successfully into the curriculum and assessing its wider implications for teaching and learning.
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