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A Vygotskian Analysis of Children's Play Behaviours
Beyond the Home Corner

Edited By

Zenna Kingdon

ISBN 9780367135928
Published May 5, 2020 by Routledge
180 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

Our Pedagogic Creed for Role-Play in Early Childhood Education


Tony Bertram and Chris Pascal


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 analysis

Zenna Kingdon and Michael Gasper

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 What’s going on? Documentation as a key strategy for making role play understandable

Elisabetta Biffi

Chapter 5 The Role of Drama in Role-Play

Una McCabe

Chapter 6 Role-Play and Technologies in Early Childhood

Lorna Arnott, Sarika Kewalramani, Colette Gray and Maria Dardanou

Chapter 7 Socio-dramatic Play: Scenario and role development as enacted by children and as facilitated by pre-service early childhood teachers through drama

Eleni Loizou and Anthia Michaelides

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 Role-play Beyond Early Childhood Education and Care

Christopher Ludlow and Helen Lyndon


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