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Play in the Early Years

Play in the Early Years

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May 2021 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Most people would agree that young children need to play and should be allowed to play. However, the problem is that understandings of what play is or why it may be important differ sharply. 

Play in the Early Years 
offers students an accessible introduction to Play by considering key concepts and current debates taking place here and now. The theoretical underpinning encourages students to be critical in their exploration and provides them with a strong foundation for their own research and practice. Case studies, spotlights on research and special study features help students to connect theory with practice and the broad range of topics covered makes this the ideal textbook to support students throughout their whole course. 

Kay Owen & Alistair Turvill
Introduction: The Problem with Play
Kay Owen
Chapter 1: The Changing Face of Play
Kay Owen & Christopher Barnes
Chapter 2: The Role of Play in Child Development
Jenny Boldrin
Chapter 3: Understanding Children's Play Behaviours
Su Wall & Kay Owen
Chapter 4: Play in the Great Outdoors
Alistair Turvill
Chapter 5: Digital Play in Early Childhood
Kay Owen & Jenny Hallam
Chapter 6: Play and Gender
Carol Fenton
Chapter 7: Therapeutic Play: What are we playing at?
Julianne Harlow & Martin Smith
Chapter 8: Children's Right to Play
Su Wall & Sarah Roeschlaub
Chapter 9: Learning and Play: Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
Marco Antonio Delgado-Fuentes
Chapter 10: A Historical View of Anthropological, International & Intercultural Perspectives
Trevor Cotterill
Chapter 11: Autism and Play
Kay Owen
Conclusion: The Real Problem with Play

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