The Excellence of Play / Edition 3

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

A wide-ranging, stimulating examination of play, for practitioners (mainly teachers) across the 3- to 8-year-old range, unified by the shared belief that practitioners should be advocating strongly in support of a greater understanding of the potential contribution of play to children's development and learning. The 15 chapters are organized into four sections: the culture of play and childhood; play, schooling and responsibilities; play and the early years curriculum; and assessing and evaluating play. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335240944
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Moyles is Professor Emeritus at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. She is a qualified early years teacher and has held a variety of roles including headteacher, lecturer and researcher.

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Table of Contents

Figures and photographs viii

Notes on the editor and contributors x

Foreword Wendy Scott xvii

Introduction Janet Moyles 1

Part 1 Setting the play context 17

1 Play and legislated curriculum Angela Anning 19

2 Work or play: how children learn to read the signals about activity type in today's early years provision Jan Georgeson Jane Payler 34

3 Permission to play Kathy Goouch 53

4 Hunting and gathering: how play helps us to let in, as well as to get in, information about our environment Rod Parker-Rees 67

Part 2 Play, language and literacy 81

5 Playing or having fun" Dilemmas in early literacy Marian Whitehead 83

6 Play beyond the Foundation Stage: storytelling, creative writing and self-regulation in able 6-7 year olds David Whitebread Helen Jameson 95

7 Children's fantasy role play - why adults should join in Neil Kitson 108

Part 3 Play and curriculum 121

8 Art in the early years Bernadette Duffy 123

9 Playing music Linda Pound 139

10 Science and play Alan Howe Dan Davies 154

11 Mathematics and play Rose Griffiths 169

12 Forest School: playing on the wild side Sara Knight 186

Part 4 Play, pedagogy and culture in early education 199

13 The developmental and therapeutic potential of play: re-establishing teachers as play professionals Justine Howard 201

14 Building friendship through playful learning in the early years Pat Broadhead 216

15 Personalising transitions: how play can help 'newly arrived children' settle into school Hilary Fabian Aline-Wendy Dunlop 229

16 Play in the early years: the influence of cultural difference Sacha Powell Tricia David 244

17 Play and the achievement of potential Theodora Papatheodorou 259

18 Play, the universe and everything! Tina Bruce 277

Afterword Janet Moyles 291

Author Index 296

Subject Index 301

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