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Perspectives on Play: Learning for Life, 2nd Edition.


Perspectives on Play: Learning for Life, 2nd Edition

Edited by Avril Brock, Pam Jarvis, and Yinka Olusoga



356 pages



Education specialists from the UK contribute 11 chapters in this textbook on the role of play in early childhood and primary education. It considers the theory and practice of play from the perspectives of educators, social workers, therapists, carers, parents, service providers, members of multidisciplinary professional teams, and children, incorporating issues of diversity and inclusion throughout, including gender, ethnicity, and special needs. It begins with psychological, educational, playwork, sociocultural, social, and cultural-historical perspectives on play, then discusses the early childhood curriculum in England, as well as Europe, the US, and New Zealand; the complexity of play; providing play opportunities; research on rough and tumble play and play language; arts therapies; and why play and discovery learning is needed for healthy human development. This edition has been expanded and has updated chapters on the synthesis of culture, biology, and evolution; the use of dramatherapy play; the role of playwork; and the importance of play in the early childhood and primary classroom and playground. The chapter on special needs has been rewritten to incorporate a children's rights approach, and the final chapter on the decreased role of play in the Anglo-American culture has also been rewritten.

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Date:Apr 1, 2014
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