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The Excellence of Play

© 2010
by Janet Moyles

3rd Edition Active, In-Print 360 Pages Softcover
9780335240944 0335240941
Play as a successful learning and teaching experience remains key to early education. The new edition of this popular book continues to clearly illustrate key play theories in practice. It has been comprehensively revised to include the latest research and practice in the field.

Key features include:

  • Contributions from leading experts in the field who are passionate about the excellence of play
  • Helpful features in every chapter including practical examples, boxed chapter summaries, cameos and end of chapter questions
  • References and further reading
The new edition includes:
  • A new Foreword by Wendy Scott, President of TACTYC
  • 10 new chapters that reflect the latest thinking in play and early years curriculum practice
This book is essential reading for everyone working or training to work in the early years.

Contributors: Angela Anning, Pat Broadhead, Tina Bruce, Tricia David, Dan Davies, Bernadette Duffy, Aline Wendy Dunlop, Hilary Fabian, Jan Georgeson, Kathy Goouch, Rose Griffiths, Justine Howard, Alan Howe, Helen Jameson, Neil Kitson, Sara Knight, Janet Moyles, Theodora Papatheodorou, Rod Parker-Rees, Jane Payler, Linda Pound, Sacha Powell, Wendy Scott, David Whitebread, Marian Whitehead

PART 1: Setting the play context Play and legislated curriculum: Back to basics - an alternative view
Work or play: How children learn to read the signals about activity type in today's early years provision
Permission to play
Hunting and gathering: How play helps us to let in, as well as to get in, information about the environment
PART 2: Play, language and literacy Playing or having fun? Dilemmas in early literacy
Play beyond the Foundation Stage: storytelling, creative writing and self-regulation in able 6-7 year olds
Children's fantasy role play - why adults should join in
PART 3: Play and curriculum Art in the early years
Playing music
Science and play
Mathematics and play
Forest School: Playing on the wild side
PART 4: Play, pedagogy and culture in early education The developmental and therapeutic value of children's play: Re-establishing teachers as play professionals
Building friendships through playful learning in the early years
Personalising transitions: How play can help 'newly arrived children' settle into school
Play in the early years: The influence of cultural difference
Play and the achievement of potential
Play, the universe and everything!
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