This text offers 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:
- an up-to-date exploration of the latest policy developments and research, including Ofsted's 2015 Early Years Report and the 2017 EYFS Statutory Framework
- an exploration of globalisation and technology, and critical analysis of children’s leisure time, screen interaction and virtual experiences
- international perspectives on play and the connections between play and mental health
- brand new practical examples woven throughout, accompanied by additional full-colour photos
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.
Table of Contents
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
Avril Brock was a principal lecturer in the Carnegie Faculty at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, in the School of Education and Childhood, working with PhD, EdD, postgraduate and undergraduate students. She has worked in higher education since 1989, after being a deputy head, primary and early years teacher in West Yorkshire, often working with linguistically diverse children. Avril has recently retired and is busy playing with her grandchildren, as well as developing her play through golf, painting and photography!
Pam Jarvis is Reader in Childhood, Youth and Education at the Institute of Childhood and Education, Leeds Trinity University, UK. She is a Chartered Psychologist and historian, who additionally has Qualified Teacher Status. Her research interests centre around developmentally informed policy and practice for children, young people and families, a topic upon which she regularly blogs in the TES and the Huffington Post. She teaches across various childhood, youth and family-related undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Leeds Trinity University.
Yinka Olusoga is Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University, UK. Yinka’s research interests include: student teachers’ experiences of enhancing provision to support child-initiated play; the history of personal and social education; and the role of discourse in the social construction of childhood and of schooling.