This textoffers innovative, multi-disciplinary perspectives on the subject of play in a range of environments: the classroom, playground, home, and local community. Chapters include observation notes, case studies and comprehensive illustrations of ideas in action, as well as encouragement for the reader to stop and reflect on their own practice with questions for consideration.
Extensively revised and with new contributions, this third edition explores the theory and clearly demonstrates how to take the theory from the academic classroom and apply it to practice in a child's setting. New features include:
Perspectives on Play is an invaluable resource for any student studying within childhood studies, playwork programmes or training to teach at early years or primary level. It is also ideal for early years, primary and play practitioners.
Foreword by David Whitebread
Section 1: The Value of Play? Psychological, Educational and Playwork Perspectives
Chapter 1. Three Perspectives on Play
Pam Jarvis, Avril Brock, Fraser Brown
Chapter 2. ‘We Don’t Play Like That Here’: Social, Cultural and Gender Perspectives on Play
Section 2: Children at Play: A Journey through the Years (0–11)
Chapter 3. Curriculum and Pedagogy of Play: A Multitude of Perspectives?
Chapter 4. Born to Play: Babies and Toddlers Playing
Avril Brock, Pam Jarvis
Chapter 5. Playing in the Early Years: At Liberty to Play – Not Only Legal but also Statutory!
Chapter 6. Play, Children and Primary Schools
Yinka Olusoga, Bev Keen
Section 3: Supporting Children’s Play
Chapter 7. Building ‘Social Hardiness’ for Life: Rough and Tumble Play in the Early Years of Primary School
Chapter 8. Play for Children with Special Educational Needs
Verna Kilburn, Kären Mills
Chapter 9. Playwork
Chapter 10. Opening Play: Research into Play and Dramatherapy
Phil Jones, Sue Elmer
Section 4: Concluding Perspectives
Chapter 11. A Place to Play: Online and Offline in the 21st Century