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Play in the Early Years

Play in the Early Years

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May 2021 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Play in the Early Years provides an accessible overview of key concepts, debates and approaches to children’s Play. This book:

·         Considers play from a variety of perspectives

·         Offers expert insights into theory and research in each area

·         Encourages the reader to critically reflect on both theory and practice

With features including key terms, case studies, reflective questions, spotlights on research and an accompanying glossary, this text is perfect for everyone who is interested in Play - from those just starting undergraduate degrees through to those with more advanced knowledge or experience.

Kay Owen & Alistair Turvill
Introduction: The Problem with Play
Kay Owen
Chapter 1: The Changing Face of Play
Kay Owen & Christopher Barnes
Chapter 2: The Role of Play in Child Development
Jenny Boldrin
Chapter 3: Understanding Children's Play Behaviours
Su Wall & Kay Owen
Chapter 4: Play in the Great Outdoors
Alistair Turvill
Chapter 5: Digital Play in Early Childhood
Kay Owen & Jenny Hallam
Chapter 6: Play and Gender
Carol Fenton
Chapter 7: Therapeutic Play: What are we playing at?
Julianne Harlow & Martin Smith
Chapter 8: Children's Right to Play
Su Wall & Sarah Roeschlaub
Chapter 9: Learning and Play: Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
Marco Antonio Delgado-Fuentes
Chapter 10: A Historical View of Anthropological, International & Intercultural Perspectives
Trevor Cotterill
Chapter 11: Autism and Play
Kay Owen
Conclusion: The Real Problem with Play

This is a useful book that explores a variety of perspectives, key concepts and contemporary debate in the realm of play. Well written, with a range of opportunities for students to develop understanding through case studies and reflective questions. An essential read for anyone studying early childhood.

Mrs Carly Blackburn
Social and Community Practice, Bradford College
March 21, 2023

This book looks at play from a range of perspectives; from a gendered perspective; from a risk perspective; a developmental perspective, and a rights perspective. A great book for ECS students and practitioners.

Mrs Emma Harvey
Education, Suffolk New College
January 6, 2023

A useful resource that considers a variety of perspectives and encourages reflection.

Mrs Lauren Whale
Faculty of Education & Health, Greenwich University
April 19, 2022

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