Perspectives on Play exames current research and theoretical knowledge with regards to play as a medium of learning. It examines the theory of play, relating cutting-edge research to case studies of practice, taken from a broad range of multi-disciplinary perspectives. Brock's approach offers a dynamic persepctive on the practice of play that will rival existing texts on the market. "In my view, this text is already a market leader for the theme of 'Play'. It gives value for money as a comprehensive text."Dihann Gallard, Liverpool John Moores University
The authors are spread between Leeds Met, Leeds University and Bradford College, with a new author coming on board from the University of Cumbria (one of the largest teacher training colleges in the UK).
Section 1 The Value of Play? Psychological, Educational and Playwork Perspectives1 Three Perspectives on Play - Pam Jarvis, Avril Brock and Fraser Brown2 'We Don't Play Like That Here': Social, Cultural and Gender Perspectives on Play - Yinka Olusoga Section 2 Children at Play: A Journey through the Years (0-11) 3 Curriculum and Pedagogy of Play: A Multitude of Perspectives? - Avril Brock4 Born to Play: Babies and Toddlers Playing - Avril Brock, Jonathan Doherty, Pam Jarvis, Jackie Matthews and Dawn Stevenson5 Playing in the Early Years: At Liberty to Play - Not only Legal but also Statutory! - Avril Brock6 'We Want to Play': Primary Children at Play in the Classroom - Sylvia Dodds Section 3 Supporting Children's Play 7 Building 'Social Hardiness' for Life: Rough and Tumble Play in the Early Years of Primary School - Pam Jarvis8 Play for Children with Special Educational Needs -Verna Kilburn and K (TM)ren Mills9 Playwork - Fraser Brown10 Opening Play: Research into Play and Drama therapy - Phil Jones Section 4 Concluding Perspectives 11 Play, Learning for Life: The Vital Role of Play in Human Development - Pam Jarvis, Stephen Newman and Jane George