Play in early childhood education

James E. Johnson, Serap Sevimli-Celik, Monirah A. Al-Mansour, Tuğçe Burcu Arda Tunçdemir, Pool Ip Dong

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This chapter examines research on play and early education organized in three sections: (1) definitions and concepts, including content pertaining to play and learning and play and assessment; (2) importance of play, including subsections for self-regulation, social competence, literacy, numeracy, physical well-being, and creative expression; and (3) play pedagogy, including sections on narrative approach, creative drama, use of open-ended objects and activities, and the use of electronic technology. With nuanced understanding of play concepts, and with knowing the importance of play in child development, professionals in the field are better positioned to articulate and implement pedagogies of play involving child-initiated and adult-guided or -directed play, thereby helping in stemming the tide of academic take-over of Early Childhood Education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on the Education of Young Children
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780429810244
ISBN (Print)9781138336834
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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