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Published: 12 January 2017

416 Pages


ISBN: 9780190303211

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This text is published by OUP Higher Education Division

Play in Early Childhood Education

Learning in Diverse Contexts

Second Edition

Marjory Ebbeck and Manjula Waniganayake

  • Demonstrates clear links between play and Australian education policy and framework documents, including the Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Standards
  • Strong author team including both local and international academics and professionals, all of whom have first-hand experience working with children in a wide range of contexts
  • Clear and in-depth coverage of essential theories, including good coverage of the Reggio Emilia approach
  • Real life examples of professional practice provided throughout the text
  • Case studies and questions in each chapter encourage critical reflection on both the theory and practice of children's play
  • The text includes cross-cultural perspectives, including examinations of curriculum issues and children's play in Finland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cambodia and Tanzania
  • Each chapter is accompanied by unique photographs providing authentic documentation of children's learning through play in a variety of social and cultural contexts
  • Covers a range of topics highly relevant and of interest to today's educators, including: developing early childhood curriculum; assessing children including the use of learning stories; inquiry based learning; ICT and its use with young children; facilitating leadership in young children; working with infants and toddlers; play in the lives of Aboriginal children; consumer culture and its impact on young children's play; learning through science exploration; literacy learning through play; urban spaces and play including play space in the virtual world; the play-work interconnection; curriculum development and play for children in Finland; guiding children's behaviour.

New to this Edition:

  • Improved links to the Australian Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Standards.
  • New chapters in this edition: Chapter 2: Early Years Learning: Implications for Curriculum; Chapter 3: Assessing Children's Learning through Play; Chapter 9: Play and the Inquiring Mind; Chapter 10: Guiding Children's Behaviour; and Chapter 12: Play, Playing Along and Playing it Up: Understanding the Play of Aboriginal Children.
  • Content extended to include birth to 8 years, in order to cover the first three years of primary school.
  • Extended content on play and ICT, including explicit connections between the use of ICT and the EYLF.
  • Many chapters now include practical examples of learning outcomes demonstrating how educators can work effectively with babies and toddlers (birth to 3 years).
  • All chapters updated with the latest research and references.
  • Updated case studies to help students connect theory to practical teaching situations.
  • Revised table of contents to assist navigation and better match unit outlines.

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