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The Trouble with Play

By Susan Jane Grieshaber, Felicity Anne Mcardle

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Format: Paperback, 144 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 October 2010
This book questions some of the ideas about play that are held dear by many in early childhood education. For many early childhood professionals play is viewed as the essential aspect of children?s development and learning and play is often promoted as a universal and almost magical `fix? in the early years. Although play does have many benefits for children, there are other sides to play that are not so romantic, natural, or even particularly educational. 'The Trouble with Play' challenges such taken-for-granted understandings of play in early childhood education and shows how play is not always innocent or fun, that it can be unfair and unjust in the interactions children have with each other and with staff in early childhood settings. In addition to encouraging early years professionals to have new ways of seeing and thinking about play, the book also explores new approaches to pedagogy and the role for the teacher, including the use of 'play' as a powerful strategy for teaching and learning, as well as practical and productive strategies for bringing a critical perspective to issues around play.

Table of Contents

The meaning of play in early childhood education: Play as learning? Play as fun: Play as hard work Naturally produced play The glamour of play: Play as serious business Play rules: Rules for play Fair play: Playing fair Play and early childhood curriculum documents End play

About the Author

Susan Grieshaber is Professor of Early Years in the School of Education at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Dr Felicity McArdle is Senior Lecturer in the School of Early Childhood at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

EAN: 9780335237913
ISBN: 0335237916
Publisher: Open University Press
Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 1 centimetres (0.25 kg)
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