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Playful Teaching and Learning

Playful Teaching and Learning

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© 2017 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Every early years practitioner should be able to captivate and maintain the interest of young children in their setting, through the provision of a playful learning experience.

Covering age ranges 3-8 years, Playful Teaching and Learning explores the importance of infusing playfulness throughout the entire early years day, and includes chapters that:
  • Establish the core principles underpinning playful teaching and learning
  • Help students and practitioners understand how playfulness can be applied to all aspects of the early years curriculum including mathematics, literacy, outdoor environments, science & technology, and ICT
  • Explore core issues in early years provision including observing, planning & assessment, and how they relate to playful learning
  • Emphasize the role and qualities of the playful professional
This is a fantastic resource for any student or practitioner looking to enrich the lives of young children through meaningful playful learning experiences.
Section 1: Principles of Playful Teaching and Learning
Glenda Walsh
Chapter 1 Why Playful Teaching and Learning?
Liz Sproule
Chapter 2 Mental Models of Early Years Practice: Digging Deeper
Glenda Walsh
Chapter 3 Pillars of Practice for Playful Teaching and Learning
Section 2: Playful Teaching and Learning across the Curriculum
Carol McGuinness
Chapter 4 Playful Thinking in Action: Tools for Cultivating Children’s Thinking
Ross Ó Corráin and Elizabeth Dunphy
Chapter 5 Playful Pedagogies in Early Childhood Mathematics
Catherine Gilliland
Chapter 6 Playful Approaches to Literacy
Marion Dowling and Glenda Walsh
Chapter 7 Growing the Child in the Playful Setting
Richard Greenwood
Chapter 8 Playful Learning in Natural Outdoor Environments
Christine Stephen
Chapter 9 ICT Made Playful
Andrea Doherty and John McCullagh
Chapter 10 Playful Approaches to Science and Technology
Section 3: The Role of the Playful Professional
Jacqueline Fallon
Chapter 11 Hopeful Intentions: Planning for Playful Teaching and Learning
Glenda Walsh and Elizabeth Sproule
Chapter 12 Assessment in the Playful Teaching and Learning Experience
Dorothy McMillan
Chapter 13 Towards the Playful Professional

This book draws on a wealth of research on play, learning, pedagogy and curriculum in early childhood education. The contributors rightly emphasise the importance of play to children, and the opportunities that play provides for learning and development. Each of the chapters is informed by international research, and offers contrasting perspectives about different forms of play, and the challenges that practitioners face in their practice. 


Professor Elizabeth Wood
School of Education, University of Sheffield

How do you capture and maintain the interests of young children through the provision of playful learning, while ensuring that effective learning is taking place? This is the driving principal of this thought provoking, but also very practical book that will enrich the knowledge of practitioners of all levels, and add to the reflective nature of their pedagogy.

Neil Henty
Early Years Educator

This is a fantastic resource for any student or practitioner looking to enrich the lives of young children through meaningful playful learning experiences. Extensively researched with an excellent number of case studies to show how the principles work in practice, plus references for further reading, this is authoritative yet highly readable. It really highlights the benefits to children of a playful approach to learning, giving teachers confidence to incorporate the principles into everyday teaching.

Sarah Brew
Parents in Touch

A very useful text to support students understanding of Early Years practice in relation to the Early Years Teacher role.

Miss Lorna Wardle
School of Education (Clifton), Nottingham Trent University
August 8, 2017

Links well to course content

Mrs Terrie Blaszczyk
Froebel College, Roehampton University
March 15, 2017

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