1st Edition

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

Edited By Zenna Kingdon Copyright 2020
    180 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    180 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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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.

    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



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