Play and Learning in Early Childhood Settings: International Perspectives / Edition 1

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This book provides the first ever cultural-historical study of the play of children from birth to 2 years of age in their early childhood education and care settings across 7 countries. Researchers from New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Hong Kong China, Japan, Sweden and USA present their investigations of the play activities of infants and toddlers in their early childhood settings. They examine the cultural construction of play in these different contexts through a cultural-historical analysis.

The book presents a review of the literature, drawing upon Vygotsky’s (1966) work to frame the review, followed by a critique of research and theory on play within the field of early childhood education. It provides case examples of play within specific countries, mostly using Barbara Rogoff’s (1998) 3 planes of analysis as a common approach for framing and analysing the data generated. It further examines how play has been enacted across countries and offers suggestions for future directions.

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1 A Cultural-Historical Perspective on Play: Play as a Leading Activity Across Cultural Communities Marilyn Fleer Fleer, Marilyn 1

2 Play and Learning in Aotearoa New Zealand Early Childhood Education Jayne White White, Jayne Fiona Ellis Ellis, Fiona Amiria O'Malley O'Malley, Amiria Jean Rockel Rockel, Jean Sue Stover Stover, Sue Meripa Toso Toso, Meripa 19

3 Play and Learning in Australia Marilyn Fleer Fleer, Marilyn Holli A. Tonyan Tonyan, Holli A. Ana Cristina Mantilla Mantilla, Ana Cristina Corine M. Patricia Rivalland Rivalland, Corine M. Patricia 51

4 Play and Learning in Chile Veronica Aedo Aedo, Veronica Leonor Cerda Cerda, Leonor Patricia Dintrans Dintrans, Patricia Mima Pizarro Pizarro, Mima Silvia Redon Redon, Silvia Veronica Romo Romo, Veronica 81

5 "Eduplay": Beliefs and Practices Related to Play and Learning in Chinese Kindergartens Nirmala Rao Rao, Nirmala Hui Li Hui, Li 97

6 The Meaning of Play and Learning for 0-3-Year-Old Children in Japan Mari Mori Mori, Mari Akiko Nezu Nezu, Akiko Chikage Samizo Samizo, Chikage Tomomi Naito Naito, Tomomi Mamiko Ishizuka Ishizuka, Mamiko 117

7 Play and Learning in Swedish Early Childhood Education Ingrid Pramling-Samuelsson Pramling-Samuelsson, Ingrid Sonja Sheridan Sheridan, Sonja 135

8 Play and Learning in Wisconsin Lenore Wineberg Wineberg, Lenore Louis Chicquette Chicquette, Louis 155

9 Commonalities and Distinctions Across Countries Ingrid Pramling-Samuelsson Pramling-Samuelsson, Ingrid Marilyn Fleer Fleer, Marilyn 173

Name Index 191

Subject Index 195

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