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Reconsidering The Role of Play in Early Childhood: Towards Social Justice and Equity

By Julie Nicholson

Edited by Debora Wisneski

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This new resource, edited by Julie Nicholson, formerly with WestEd’s Center for Child & Family Studies and currently Associate Professor of Practice, Mills College, and Debora Wisneski, compiles current play research in early childhood and reexamines conventional perspectives.

The book makes visible social justice and equity issues related to play, highlighting powerful and provocative studies from around the world, and with the belief that equity is best confronted and improved through developing an expanded understanding of play in its multiple variations and dimensions.

The play studies explore:

  • The complex role of play in teaching and learning
  • Children’s agency in play
  • Physical and virtual spaces for play
  • Different perspectives of play based on identity and culture

Early childhood professionals can use this research to reconsider their conceptions of play and to take action to work for a world where all children have access to play.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Early Child Development and Care (Taylor & Francis).

Resource Details

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ISBN: 978-1-138-36794-4
Copyright: 2018
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Publisher: Routledge

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