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Learning Through Play : Creating a Play Based Approach within Early Childhood Contexts - Dr Christine Robinson

Learning Through Play

Creating a Play Based Approach within Early Childhood Contexts

Paperback Published: 10th April 2018
ISBN: 9780190304829
Number Of Pages: 356

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Improve the learning experiences of children by translating the theory of play into practice.Learning Through Play translates the theory of play into practice while seamlessly integrating the Australian Curriculum, government policy and current trends. It aims to create a shared understanding of play and play-based pedagogies that positively influence the everyday practices of educators and improve the learning experiences of children. The book extensively covers the various contexts that children may engage with during the early years – the period from birth to age 8. Learning Through Play is structured to complement the Early Years Learning Framework and early childhood education studies. It begins by drawing on theories to discuss the centrality of play to children’s development and learning, then delves into the practicalities and challenges of implementing these play-based approaches, and finally discusses the future of play in early childhood contexts. With several learning features that blend theory, context and practical skills, Learning Through Play will not only help pre-service teachers to understand play in principle and in practice, but also to advocate articulately for play-based approaches.KEY FEATURESAuthored as a complete text, rather than as a collection of individual chapters, the book includes current trends and government changes (NQS, EYLF, AC)Addresses the Australian context and integrates indoor and outdoor play within several chaptersAddresses cultural diversity and learner diversity in an integrated wayProvides an introduction to play in the early years by focusing on key themes such as nature and therefore matching how courses are taughtFocuses on children from birth to age 8 (across contexts such as home, playgroup, childcare and school) ensuring the language used and examples provided are suitable in these contextsLinks are made throughout the text to current approaches and the way play opportunities intersect with these to provide the context for learning to occurThroughout the chapters, there are Reflect panels for students to reinforce content previously learnt and reflect on their own experiences; and Investigate panels providing practical activities or research tasks that support the theoryEnd of each chapter resources include a chapter summary, activities, recommended reading and references.

PART I: THEORIES AND PERSPECTIVES ON PLAY1. What is Play? Tracy Treaure2. Theories of Play: Historical to Contemporary Tracy Treaure3. Why Play is the Way in Early Childhood Contexts Tracy Treaure PART 2: CONSTRUCTING A PLAY-BASED APPROACH4. The Indoor Environment Christine Robinson and Gerardine Neylon5. Creating Outdoor Environments for Learning Through Play Dee O’Connor6. The Role of the Educator Within Play-Based Approaches Dee O’ConnorPART 3: CURRICULUM, POLICY AND PLANNING FOR PLAY7. Current Australian Frameworks and Play Christine Robinson8. Integrating Curriculum within a Play-Based Approach Cathie Harrison9. Documentation within Play-based Approaches Samantha Wynne and Gerardine Neylon PART 4: CONSIDERATIONS FOR EDUCATORS10. Diversity Considerations in Play Christine Robinson, Tracy Treasure and Dee O’Connor11. Technology in Play Christine Robinson12. International Perspectives on Play-Based Approaches Gerardine Neylon and Tracy Treasure13. The Future of Play: Challenges and Opportunities Christine Robinson

ISBN: 9780190304829
ISBN-10: 0190304820
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 10th April 2018
Publisher: Oxford University Press Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 18.9  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.68

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