This brand new text breaks the mould of books on the subject of play currently on the market. It explores, debates and further develops the theory of play, relating cutting-edge theory to examples of practice, taken from a broad range of multi-disciplinary perspectives.
Each author brings their own perspective to the subject, based on rich and diverse experience, examining play-based activities from a wide variety of settings: the classroom, the playground, the home and local community.
Each chapter is illustrated throughout with observation notes, case studies, interviews and discussions, encouraging you not only to critically evaluate current research but to reflect on ways in which you could develop and improve your own practice.
Perspectives on Play will be an invaluable resource for any student studying within childhood studies, playwork programmes or training to teach at early years or primary level. The book is also ideal for early years, primary and play practitioners.
Part 1: The Value of Play? Psychological, Educational and Playwork Perspectives 1. Three Perspectives on Play Pam Jarvis, Avril Brock and Fraser Brown We Don't Play Like That Here: Social, Cultural and Gender Perspectives on Play Yinka Olusoga Part 2: Children at Play: A Journey through the Years 3. Curriculum and Pedagogy of Play: A Multitude of Perspectives? Avril Brock 4. Born to Play: Babies and Toddlers Playing Avril Brock, Jonathan Doherty, Pam Jarvis, Jackie Matthews and Dawn Stevenson 5. Playing in the Early Years: At Liberty to Play; Not only Legal but also Statutory! Avril Brock 6. We Want to Play: Primary Children at Play in the Classroom Sylvia Dodds Part 3: Supporting Children's Play 7. Building Social Hardiness for Life: Rough and Tumble Play in the Early Years of Primary School Pam Jarvis 8. Play for Children with Special Educational Needs Verna Kilburn and Karen Mills 9. Playwork Fraser Brown 10. Opening Play: Research into Play and Drama Therapy Phil Jones Part 4. Concluding Perspectives 11. Play, Learning for Life: The Vital Role of Play in Human Development Pam Jarvis, Stephen Newman and Jane George