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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 ...

Playfulness and the Co-Construction of Identity in the First Years
Playfulness and the co-construction of identity in the first years
RodParker-Rees
Introduction

We see the self as originally an extension of experience of the other (Fonagy et al. 2004: 8).

Attempts to understand learning in early childhood have tended to focus on ...

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