This book brings a refreshing Vygotskian perspective to the importance of children’s play, and the role it has in the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children. The authors use a praxeological approach and participatory, ethical research to provide a comprehensive yet accessible addition to the crucial and expanding field of Early Years play.
Including illustrative vignettes and case studies, and covering a range of contexts, theories and approaches, the experienced authors explore a variety of topics, including:
- Role-play and Early Years practice
- Incorporating technology into practice
- Scenario and role development
- Play in the home as well as the classroom
Endorsed by EECERA, A Vygotskian Analysis of Children's Play Behaviours is an ideal choice for Early Years practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and academics researching or lecturing in early childhood education.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Contexts and Principles: An analysis of Vygotsky’s approach to play.
Chapter 1. Play as role-play: A Vygotskian Analysis
Chapter 2. Role-play and emotions: A Vygotskian axiom
Chapter 3. Children at heart: role-play theory and Early Years practice
Michael Gasper and Luke Gasper
Part 2: Approaches and Techniques: Vygotsky in action.
Chapter 4. Sharing with families the meanings and educational value of role-play
Chapter 5. The Role of Drama in Role-Play
Chapter 6. Places and spaces for role-play in digital and multimodal childhood.
Lorna Arnott, Ioanna Palaiologou and Colette Gray
Chapter 7. Socio-dramatic play: Scenario and role development as enacted by children and as facilitated by their early childhood teacher through drama
Eleni Loizou and Anthia Michaelide
Part 3: Case Studies: Role-play in practice: A Vygotskian analysis of children’s play behaviours
Chapter 8. Wave Play: fluid play to support social co-construction
Chapter 9. Organising the family: role-play in the home environment
Chapter 10. Learning through role play; a case study approach of the developing sophistication of children’s role play.
Helen Lyndon and Christopher Ludlow
Zenna Kingdon is currently with the University of Wolverhampton, UK where she teaches from undergraduate to doctoral programmes.