The Excellence of Play / Edition 2

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An exploration of how play aids learning

The second edition of this bestselling book discusses the vital importance of play as a tool for learning and teaching. It has been extensively revised to cover the many changes that have taken place in the field of early childhood in the last decade.

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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: 9780335217588
  • Publisher: Open University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Moyles is Professor Emeritus at Anglia Polytechnic University, UK.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Play and legislated curriculum : back to basics : an alternative view 15
2 Learning to play, playing to learn : babies and young children birth to 3 27
3 Play and special needs 39
4 Play, storytelling and creative writing 59
5 Open-ended role play : supporting creativity and developing identity 72
6 Play, literacy and situated learning 86
7 Story-making, play and gender 98
8 Fantasy play and the case for adult intervention 111
9 Physical activity and rough-and-tumble play 127
10 Outdoor play and the pedagogic garden 138
11 Science and play 154
12 Mathematics and play 170
13 Art in the early years 186
14 Playing music 200
15 Practitioners and play : reflecting in a different way 213
16 The importance of play in the transition to school 228
17 Play in the early years : the influence of cultural difference 242
18 Play, the universe and everything! 255
Afterword 268
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