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‘This Handbook offers diverse perspectives from scholars across the globe who help us see play in new ways. At the same time the basic nature of play gives a context for us to learn new theoretical frameworks and methods. A real gem!’
– Beth Graue, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, USA
Play and learning scholarship has developed considerably over the last decade, as has the recognition of its importance to children's learning and development.
Containing chapters from highly respected researchers, whose work has been critical to building knowledge and expertise in the field, this Handbook focuses on examining historical, current and future research issues in play and learning scholarship.
Organized into three sections which consider: theoretical and philosophical perspectives on play and learning; play ...
Chapter 1: Foundations of Play Theory
Foundations of Play Theory
Although play has existed as a part of human experience since early times, theories regarding its definition and cause, purpose, value, meaning, nature, effects and influence have been diverse and often controversial. Some theorists have focused on only one of the manifestations of play while ...