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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.
Chapter 1: A cultural-historical perspective on play: Play as a leading activity across cultural communities Marilyn Fleer Chapter 2: Play and learning in Aotearoa/New Zealand early childhood education Jayne White, Fiona Ellis, Amiria O’Malley, Jean Rockel Sue Stover and Meripa Toso, Aotearoa/
New Zealand Chapter 3: Play and learning in Australia
• Marilyn Fleer, Holli A. Tonyan, Ana Cristina Mantilla and C. Patricia Rivalland, Australia Chapter 4: Play and learning in Chile Verónica Aedo, Leonor Cerda, Patricia Dintrans, Mirna Pizarro, Silvia Redón and
Verónica Romo, Chile Chapter 5: 'Eduplay': Beliefs and practices related to play and learning in Chinese kindergartens Nirmala Rao and Hui Li, Hong Kong, China Chapter 6: The meaning of play and learning for 0-3 years old children in Japan Mari Mori. Akiko Nezu, Chikage Samizo, Tomomi Naito and Mamiko Ishizuka, Japan Chapter 7: Play and learning in Swedish early childhood education
• Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson and Sonja Sheridan, Sweden Chapter 8: Play and learning in Wisconsin Lenore Wineberg and Louis Chicquette, Wisconsin, USA Chapter 9: Commonalities and distinctions across countries Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson and Marilyn Fleer Appendix I