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The Essence of Play


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Foreword David Whitebread Introduction 1. Theoretical Perspectives on Play 2. Exploring Play and Child Development 3. Playfulness 4. The Role of Adults in Children's Play 5. The Play Environment 6. Inclusive Play Practice 7. Observation and Assessment through Play 8. Professional Practice Issues Conclusion

About the Author

Justine Howard is Postgraduate Programmes Manager and Senior Lecturer at the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University, UK. She is a Chartered Psychologist and specialist in developmental and therapeutic play. Karen McInnes is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Glamorgan, UK. As a trained primary school teacher and speech therapist, she previously lectured in Early Years at Bath Spa University, UK.


'This is an important book. Based on new ground-breaking research into children's perspectives on play, Howard & McInnes present revolutionary guidelines for play practice. This book has the potential to transform understandings about children's playfulness, and, in particular, about how this vital ingredient in the growth of learning and well-being can be practically supported and nurtured within educational, recreational and therapeutic settings.' - Dr David Whitebread, Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology & Early Childhood Education, University of Cambridge, UK.

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