Play-based learning

Ebbeck, Marjory, Yim, Hoi Yin Bonnie and Lee, Lai Wan Maria 2013, Play-based learning, in Teaching early years : curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, N. S. W., pp.185-200.

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Title Play-based learning
Author(s) Ebbeck, Marjory
Yim, Hoi Yin Bonnie
Lee, Lai Wan Maria
Title of book Teaching early years : curriculum, pedagogy and assessment
Editor(s) Pendergast, Donna
Garvis, Susanne
Publication date 2013
Chapter number 11
Total chapters 22
Start page 185
End page 200
Total pages 16
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Place of Publication Sydney, N. S. W.
Keyword(s) play
early childhood education
play-based
learning
young children
Summary This chapter develops themes providing insights into the meaning of play-based learning and what it means to practitioners working in a range of contexts with early learners in the age range of birth to eight years. Play-based learning is defined as young learners constructing knowledge as they explore, experiment, discover and solve problems in playful and unique ways. Development is linked to play and viewed as a pattern of continuous, interrelated changes that begins at birth and continue through life span whilst learning is a change in behaviour. In the early years it is through experience in play that learning occurs. The definition of curriculum in this chapter presents a context for young learners demonstrating how play-based learning is fundamental to the well-being of young learners, be they infants, babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers or school aged children.

The diversity of backgrounds of young learners is recognised and provision has to be made in the curriculum for a rich diversity of learners. The Chapter also considers how a socio-constructivist theoretical orientation in the curriculum can be created with children and adults co-constructing knowledge with play-based learning as the framework.
ISBN 9781742379951
Language eng
Field of Research 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2013, Allen & Unwin
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052049

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