184 pages | 9 B/W Illus.
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:
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.
Part 1: Contexts and Principles: An analysis of Vygotsky’s approach to play.
Chapter 1. Play as role-play: A Vygotskian Analysis
Chapter 2. Role-play and emotions: A Vygotskian axiom
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
Chapter 5. The Role of Drama in Role-Play
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
Chapter 9. Organising the family: role-play in the home environment
Chapter 10. Learning through role play; a case study approach of the developing sophistication of children’s role play.
Helen Lyndon and Christopher Ludlow
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’.