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A Vygotskian Analysis of Children's Play Behaviours

Beyond the Home Corner, 1st Edition

Edited by Zenna Kingdon


184 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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This book brings a refreshing Vygotskian perspective to the importance of children’s play, and the role it has in the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children. The authors use a praxeological approach and participatory, ethical research to provide a comprehensive yet accessible addition to the crucial and expanding field of Early Years play.

Including illustrative vignettes and case studies, and covering a range of contexts, theories and approaches, the experienced authors explore a variety of topics, including:

  • Role-play and Early Years practice
  • Incorporating technology into practice
  • Scenario and role development
  • Play in the home as well as the classroom

Endorsed by EECERA, A Vygotskian Analysis of Children's Play Behaviours is an ideal choice for Early Years practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and academics researching or lecturing in early childhood education.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Contexts and Principles: An analysis of Vygotsky’s approach to play.

Chapter 1. Play as role-play: A Vygotskian Analysis

Zenna Kingdon

Chapter 2. Role-play and emotions: A Vygotskian axiom

Ioanna Palaiologou

Chapter 3. Children at heart: role-play theory and Early Years practice

Michael Gasper and Luke Gasper

Part 2: Approaches and Techniques: Vygotsky in action.

Chapter 4. Sharing with families the meanings and educational value of role-play

Elisabetta Biffi

Chapter 5. The Role of Drama in Role-Play

Una McCabe

Chapter 6. Places and spaces for role-play in digital and multimodal childhood.

Lorna Arnott, Ioanna Palaiologou and Colette Gray

Chapter 7. Socio-dramatic play: Scenario and role development as enacted by children and as facilitated by their early childhood teacher through drama

Eleni Loizou and Anthia Michaelide

Part 3: Case Studies: Role-play in practice: A Vygotskian analysis of children’s play behaviours

Chapter 8. Wave Play: fluid play to support social co-construction

Zenna Kingdon

Chapter 9. Organising the family: role-play in the home environment

Michael Gasper

Chapter 10. Learning through role play; a case study approach of the developing sophistication of children’s role play.

Helen Lyndon and Christopher Ludlow

About the Editor

Zenna Kingdon is currently with the University of Wolverhampton, UK where she teaches from undergraduate to doctoral programmes.

About the Series

Towards an Ethical Praxis in Early Childhood

From Research into Practice

Written in association with the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA), titles in this series will reflect the latest developments and most current research and practice in early childhood education on a global level. Feeding into and supporting the further development of the discipline as an exciting and urgent field of research and high academic endeavour, the series carries a particular focus on knowledge and reflection, which has huge relevance and topicality for those at the front line of decision making and professional practice.

Rather than following a linear approach of research to practice, this series offers a unique fusion of research, theoretical, conceptual and philosophical perspectives, values and ethics, and professional practice, which has been termed ‘Ethical Praxis’.

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