Enhancing Learning through Play

A developmental perspective for early years settings, 2nd Edition

By Christine Macintyre

© 2012 – Routledge

160 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 9780415671255
pub: 2011-09-08
Hardback: 9780415671248
pub: 2011-09-08

Comp Exam Copy

About the Book

Written to support early years professionals who are fascinated by the complexities and implications of early development, this fully updated second edition explains why children need to play and offers practical guidance on how best to support children’s development and learning through play.

Based on a wealth of research in the field, this accessible and engaging book explores why children behave as they do at different ages and stages in their development and shows how play can complement and enhance their social, emotional, perceptual, motor and intellectual development. The author shows how detailed observations of children at play can lead to providing the most appropriate learning opportunities for children with different aptitudes and abilities.

Topics discussed include:

  • the learning potential within different play activities;
  • how emotional intelligence and children’s self-esteem contribute to overall development;
  • supporting children that find it difficult to play;
  • gender bias;
  • the nature versus nurture debate;
  • using observations to ensure appropriate play experiences;
  • ideas and strategies for carrying out small-scale research.

With suggestions for practitioner activities, and for action research questions that can be used for continuing professional development, this text is ideal for practitioners and students wanting to fully understand how play can enhance children’s overall development.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Let’s think about Play Chapter 1. Identifying children’s learning in different episodes of play Chapter 2. Play as learning, play as practice: Intervening in children’s play. Helping children who find it difficult to play Chapter 3. Understanding learning: The senses and the part they play in the learning process Chapter 4. Understanding why children are different: Developmental changes that influence learning and the ability to play Chapter 5. Encouraging positive behaviour through play Chapter 6. Understanding the self-concept and nurturing the self-esteem Chapter 7. Recording observations: Beginning research Conclusion. Bringing it all together

About the Author

Christine Macintyre, formerly a Fellow and Senior Lecturer at Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh, is currently engaged in supporting the development of 'The Child's Journey' in Kirklees and providing guidelines for teachers of children with special needs in Kuwait. She does consultancy work at home and abroad on all aspects of children's development, particularly in the early years.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten
EDUCATION / Professional Development