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Play, Learning and the Early Childhood Curriculum

Play, Learning and the Early Childhood Curriculum

Third Edition

May 2013 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The Third Edition of this popular book reflects contemporary research as well as thinking about the role and value of play in learning and development, within and beyond early childhood. The author explores recent developments across international contexts which endorse play, and argues for critical engagement with some aspects of policy discourse in how 'educational play' is constrructed. This accesible book also reviews contemporary theoretical trends which focus on the meanings and intentions that children bring to their play.

The new edition includes coverage of:

- play in education policies; UK and international perspectives

- working with parents

- social and cultural diversity

- children with special educational needs and disabilities

- outdoor play

Each chapter includes case studies provided by practitioners, along with questions and tasks to promote critical engagement and reflection on key issues and debates.

This book is for students on Childhood Studies courses and those on Initial Teacher Education and Masters programmes in early childhood and primary education. Experienced practitioners on CPD courses will also find it useful.

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List of figures
About the Author
A Note from the Author
Add-on Material
Understanding Play: Complexity and Challenge
Understanding Children's Learning: Contemporary Theoretical Perspectives
Play in National Policies: International Perspectives
Play and the Curriculum
Play and Pedagogy
Play and Learning in Outdoor Environments
Assessing Children's Learning in Play
Developing Play
Author index
Subject index

A good book which explains the early childhood curriculum in understandable terms, a must have read for all early years students.

Mrs Liz Tomlin
Early years, Adult Education Centre
April 8, 2014

Some good information.

Mrs Rozanne White
Community School Nursing, university of west london
February 21, 2014

Excellent source with activities to support and extend knowledge further

Mrs Sara Castle
Early Years, Barnsley College
February 11, 2014

The core aspects of play covered in this text with respect to definitions, policy and practice is not confined to Early Childhood Education and Curriculum. They also apply to other areas of childhood which invovles play at it's core (playwork, flying start etc). The main themes of the book will benefit students to use as a baseline for their own study in play in whatever aspect of childhood they are studying.

Dr Pete King
School of Human and Health Science, Swansea University
January 21, 2014

Elizabeth Wood had provided both students and lectures alike with an essential guide to early childhood development. As a text it deserves a place in the library of any serious scholar of childhood and young people.

Mrs Lynne Bedson
Institure of Health and Wellbeing, Coleg Llandrillo Cymru
January 16, 2014

Good solid book, recommended for next module Play and learning.

Mrs Hayley Roberts
care, Wakefield College
December 24, 2013

Excellent text that provides focus for early years students in linking theory to practice. Learning through play in the curriculum with practical examples encourages further development. A great book for all my students.

Mrs Donna O'Connor
EYCYP, NWRC Strabane Campus
December 22, 2013

an excellent ,accessible text that links theory, practice and policy in the early years and supports students in understadning what we mean by play-based learning.

Mrs Mary Dyer
Education and Professional Development, Huddersfield University
November 13, 2013

This book is superb. One of the few current early years books that really represents contemporary perspectives and articulates well the challenges these present for practice and policy. I was recommending this book to student's across all the courses I lecture on before I had finished the third chapter. It is that good.

Mr Ben Tawil
child family and society, Glyndwr University
November 13, 2013

A very comprehensive guide to play and learning

Ms Alison Stevenson
Early years & young people, North West Regional college
November 8, 2013