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Teacher Education and Play Pedagogy International Perspectives

Edited By Eleni Loizou, Jeffrey Trawick-Smith Copyright 2022
    226 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    226 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Play has always been vital to the field of early childhood education, for teacher educators and early years teachers, as a pedagogy and way of organizing learning. With diverse perspectives from scholars around the world, Teacher Education and Play Pedagogy is a unique text focusing on teacher education for play pedagogy and uniquely blends research and praxis on authentically implementing play practices.

    This book is divided into two main sections: part 1 unfolds the different ways in which teacher educators have been preparing early years teachers to support children’s play and consider professional preparation for a play pedagogy; part 2 provides information on how teachers take on different roles, act in diverse ways to effectively support children to develop play skills, to learn and develop. With contributions from across the early childhood spectrum, researchers present their empirical work through multiple forms of data with deep reflections and critical stances towards the play pedagogy implementation.

    Teacher Education and Play Pedagogy is a valuable text for early childhood education undergraduate and graduate courses, for early childhood education researchers, as well as an essential reference for professional development programs and seminars.

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    List of contributors

    Foreword: Tony Bertram and Chris Pascal


    PART 1

    Teacher Εducation for Play Pedagogy

    1. Introduction: Play Pedagogy Conceptualizations and Reflections on Existing Research

    Eleni Loizou and Jeffrey Trawick-Smith

    2. A Closer Look at the Maturity of Make-Believe Play in Quebec’s Kindergarten to Inform the Design of a Professional Development Program

    Lise Lemay, Anne-Sophie Parent, Caroline Bouchard, Stéphanie Duval, Noémie Montminy-Sanschagrin

    3. Play as the Work of Pre-service Teachers: A Case Study of Inspiring Play as Pedagogy in a University Early Childhood Program.

    Cecilia Maron-Puntarelli

    4: Play Training and Coaching for Child Care Providers on How to Support Children’s Play and Learning

    Myae Han, Martha Buell, Di Liu and Annette Pic

    5. Educating Early Childhood Education Teachers for Play-Responsive Early Childhood Education and Care (PRECEC)

    Niklas Pramling

    6. Supporting Early Childhood Teachers’ Play Pedagogy: Methods, Processes and Outcomes

    Sofia Avgitidou

    7. Play-Based Teaching in Russian Preschool Education: Pretend and Digital Play

    Nikolay Veraksa, Aleksander Veraksa, Margarita Gavrilova, Darya Bukhalenkova, Vera Sukhikh


    A Theoretical and Practical Lens of Teacher Authentic Play Practices

    8. Learning to Play-2-Gether: Building Positive Relationships with Children through Play

    Caroline Vancraeyveldt, Sara Barros Araújo, Annerieke Boland, Soňa Grofčíková, Anna Klimentova, Ineke Oenema-Mostert and Manuela Sanches-Ferreira

    9. Challenges and Dilemmas With Play-Based Pedagogy in Swedish Early Childhood Education.

    Maelis Karlsson Lohmander and Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson

    10. Creating Preservice Teachers’ Playful Mindsets and Dispositions Towards Play in the US

    Ruth Guirguis and Jennifer M. Longley

    11. Advanced Block Play in Preschool: Implications for Teacher Education

    Jeffrey Trawick-Smith, Cassandra Cullis and Marley Koschel

    12. A Case Study of an Early Childhood Teacher’s Constructive Play Praxeological Transformation

    Eleni Loizou

    13. Themes for Teacher Education for Play Pedagogy

    Jeffrey Trawick-Smith and Eleni Loizou


    Eleni Loizou is a Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Department of Education of the University of Cyprus.

    Jeffrey Trawick-Smith is Professor Emeritus and a senior researcher in the Center for Early Childhood Education of Eastern Connecticut State University.