SAGE Handbook of Play and Learning in Early Childhood, 1st Edition

  • Elizabeth Brooker
  • Published By: Sage UK
  • ISBN-10: 1473907160
  • ISBN-13: 9781473907164
  • DDC: 372.21
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 448 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released September 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
International Advisory Editorial Board.
Title Page.
Dedication Page.
Copyright Page.
About the Editors.
Notes on Contributors.
Editors’ Note on Terminology.
1: Theoretical Perspectives on Play and Learning.
2: Foundations of Play Theory.
3: Play in the Non-Classical Psychology of L.S. Vygotsky.
4: Children’s Play as Cultural Activity.
5: Make-Believe Play and Self-Regulation.
6: Cultural–Historical Perspectives on Play: Central Ideas.
7: Postcolonial and Anti-Racist Approaches to Understanding Play.
8: New Materialisms and Play.
9: Childhood Studies and Play.
10: Ethical Dimensions and Perspectives on Play.
11: Gender Discourses and Play.
12: Studying Play through New Research Practices.
13: Play and Learning in Pedagogy, Curriculum and Assessment.
14: The Play–Pedagogy Interface in Contemporary Debates.
15: Developmental Play in the Classroom.
16: Children’s Play and Learning and Developmental Pedagogy.
17: Play Provisions and Pedagogy in Curricular Approaches.
18: Children’s Content Learning in Play Provision: Competing Tensions and Future Possibilities.
19: Professional Preparation for a Pedagogy of Play.
20: Learning Mathematics through Play.
21: Play as the Precursor for Literacy Development.
22: Understanding Narrative as a Key Aspect of Play.
23: Physical Play and Development.
24: Play and Playfulness: Issues of Assessment.
25: Contexts for Play and Learning.
26: Whose Play? Children, Play and Consumption.
27: Children’s Right to Play.
28: Infant and Toddler Play.
29: Children’s Perspectives on Play.
30: Digital Play.
31: Play in Peer Cultures.
32: The Impact of Race and Culture on Play in Early Childhood Classrooms.
33: Playfulness and the Co-Construction of Identity in the First Years.
34: Connecting Home and Educational Play: Interventions that Support Children’s Learning.
35: Opportunities and Affordances in Outdoor Play.
36: Media, Popular Culture and Play.