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The Routledge International Handbook of Early Childhood Play

Edited by Tina Bruce, Pentti Hakkarainen, Milda Bredikyte

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422 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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Historical changes in play are taking place in childhood all over the world, with the digitalisation of children’s lives. Researchers are worried about the disappearance of advanced forms of play and the prioritization of time spent with loving adults, supporting play with babies and toddlers. At the same time, our understanding about the crucial importance of individual development is becoming clearer.

The Routledge International Handbook of Early Childhood Play explores these issues and more. It proposes the importance of adult participation in play, as adult guidance brings the possibility of moral, cultural and symbolic elements to children’s play, and enhances the educational opportunities in adult-child joint play. The book also examines the aesthetic dimension of play and its role in the development of imagination and creativity.

With contributors from many parts of the world, this unique handbook brings together the latest research and highlights practice which focuses on play. This is an essential and engaging read for all students, academics, teachers and practitioners with an interest in play.

Reviews

"The critical importance of play in early childhood development of children has long been acknowledged but can often be a struggle to defend given the pressures on early childhood in the 21st century. This handbook from a well-respected and diverse group of scholars and practitioners is both timely and enormously helpful to those in the field who are attempting to promote the importance of play in their professional work with parents and young children. They each bring their diverse research and development experience together and attempt the courageous joint act of producing an integrated and unifying play theory. Individually each chapter provides an insight into reflective and dialogic research and practice, but collectively they stand as a model of critical thinking and theory making for practice. As such this handbook should be required reading for students and scholars engaged in early childhood studies, and all practitioner teams aiming to develop excellence in their play practice." - Professor Chris Pascal, Director, Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC)

"The Routledge Handbook of Early Childhood Play is a very timely and impressive volume. The current resurgence in interest in children's play is both multi-disciplinary and increasingly cross-cultural, and this book represents this new flourishing in both these dimensions. At the same time, the central significance of play within early childhood development, which is finally beginning to be taken on board by the wider research community, is marvellously exemplified is many of the 28 chapters. This book needs to be on the shelf of every serious student of early child development." - Dr. David Whitebread, Director, Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL), University of Cambridge

Table of Contents

I SELECTED HISTORICAL APPROACHES TO CHLDREN’S PLAY

 

 

1.PONDERINGS ON PLAY: FROEBELIAN ASSEMBLAGES

Tina Bruce

2.LOCATING PLAY TODAY

Suzanne Flannery Quinn

3.PLAY BIRTH TO THREE: TREASURE BASKETS AND HEURISTIC PLAY, THE LEGACY OF ELINOR GOLDSCHMIED (1910-2009)

Jacqui Cousins, Anita Hughes

4.CULTURAL HISTORICAL PLAY THEORY

Elena Smirnova

5.AESTHETICS OF PLAY AND JOINT PLAY-WORLDS

Monica Nilsson, Beth Ferholt

6.CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND PRETEND PLAY

Pentti Hakkarainen, Milda Bredikyte, Ildar Safarov

II PLAY IN DIFFERENT CULTURES

7.CHARACTERISTICS OF PRETEND ROLE PLAY

Elena Smirnova, Irina Ryabkova, Elena Sheina

8.CONCEPTIONS OF PLAY ACTIVITY AND ITS APPLICATION

Yulia Solovieva, Eduardo Alejandro Escotto Cordova, Ana Maria Baltazar

Ramos, Luis Quintanar

9.INTRODUCING SOCIAL ROLE PLAY TO YOUNG CHILDREN IN COLOMBIA

Yulia Solovieva, Claudia Moreno

10.PLAY AND ART IN A JAPANESE EARLY CHILHOOD SETTING

Kiyotaka Miyazaki

 

III SOCIODRAMATIC PLAY

 

11.ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: DIALOGIC DRAMATIC PLAY WITH YOUNG

CHILDREN

Brian Edmiston

12.CHILDREN’S SOCIODRAMATIC PLAY TYPOLOGIES AND TEACHER PLAY

INVOLVEMENT WITHIN THE BREADTH OF THE ZONE OF PROXIMAL

DEVELOPMENT

Eleni Loizou

13.PLAYING ON THE EDGE: ADVENTURE, RISK AND CHALLENGE IN PLAY OUTDOORS

Helen Tovey

 

IV OBSERVING AND INTERVENING IN PLAY

14.CHIMP AND CHILD: ARE THERE SIMILARITIES IN THEIR PLAY?

John Matthews

15.PLAY WITH INFANTS: THE IMPULSE OF STORYTELLING

Colwyn Trevarthen

16.OBSERVING CHILDREN’S TRIADIC PLAY

Luisa Molinari, Ada Cigala, Paola Corsano

17.POOH BEAR’S TURN! AN AUSTRALIAN STUDY OF ADULTS USING SPECIAL TOYS TO DEVELOP PLAY COMPLEXITY FROM WITHIN CHILDREN’S IMAGINARY PLAY

Sue March, Marilyn Fleer

18.SELF-REGULATION AND NARRATIVE INTERVENTIONS IN CHILDREN’S PLAY

Milda Bredikyte. Pentti Hakkarainen

 

V PLAY ENVIRONMENTS, TOYS AND PARTNERS

19.PLAYWORLD AND THE PEDAGOGY OF LISTENING

Monica Nilsson, Beth Ferholt

20.COLLABORATIVE PLAY WITH DRAMATIZATION: AN AFTERSCHOOL

PROGRAMME OF ‘PLAYSHOP IN A JAPANESE EARLY CHILDHOOD SETTING

Hiroaki Ishiguro

21.DIGITAL PLAYWORLDS IN AN AUSTRALIAN CONTEXT – SUPPORTING

DOUBLE SUBJECTIVITY

Marilyn Fleer

22.THE DEVELOPMENTAL POTENTIAL OF TOYS AND GAMES

Elena Smirnova, Irina Ryabkova, Elena Sheina

VI DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING IN PLAY

23.THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN PLAY AND LEARNING

Galina Zuckerman

24.CREATIVITY AND PLAY

Sue Robson

25.PLAY WITH SOCIAL ROLES AS A METHOD FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL

DEVELOPMENT IN YOUNG CHILDREN

Yulia Solovieva, Luis Quintanar

 

VII PLAY AND CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

26.GAMES AS A TOOL FOR FACILITATING COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

Tatiana Akhutina, Antonina Romanova

27.THE PROMISE OF PLAY AS AN INTEERVENTION TO DEVELOP SELF-REGULATION IN CHILDREN ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM

Sonia Mastrangelo

28.MUSICAL PLAY AND PLAY THROUGH MUSIC IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

Adam Ockelford, Angela Voyajolu

 

 

About the Editors

Tina Bruce was formerly Director of the Centre for Early Childhood Education, University of Roehampton. She has a long and distinguished publishing career and was co-ordinator of the Early Years Ministerial Advisory Group for ten years, contributing to the ‘Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage’, ‘Birth to Three matters’, and the English Early Years Foundation Stage.

Pentti Hakkarainen is Professor of the Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology at the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences.

Milda Bredikyte is Associated Professor of the Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology and a coordinator of research and teaching activities of the Play Research Laboratory at the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences.

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