Generating new knowledge in early childhood education: aligning contemporary health, wellbeing and sustainability issues with research into children's play

Skouteris, Helen, Rutherford, Leonie, Edwards, Susan and Cutter-Mackenzie, Amy 2012, Generating new knowledge in early childhood education: aligning contemporary health, wellbeing and sustainability issues with research into children's play, Deakin University, Melbourne, Vic..

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Title Generating new knowledge in early childhood education: aligning contemporary health, wellbeing and sustainability issues with research into children's play
Author(s) Skouteris, Helen
Rutherford, Leonie
Edwards, Susan
Cutter-Mackenzie, Amy
Publication date 2012-06-06
Total pages 9 p.
Publisher Deakin University
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) early years learning framework
play based pedagogy
digital media technologies
early childhood education
child health
Summary Play is traditionally understood in early childhood education as a providing a vehicle for children’s learning and operates as a framework for curriculum decision-making.
Contemporary research into children’s play in social context increasingly emphasises three main areas of interest:

1| the relationship between children’s outdoor play experiences and their understandings of sustainability.

2| the impact of digital media and technologies on children’s engagement with popular culture and play-based interests.

3| reduced opportunities for outdoor and physical based play associated with more sedentary technology-based play activities.

A challenge for early childhood educators is to consider how traditional understandings of play can be aligned with contemporary research into these issues as a basis for curriculum provision in early childhood education.

This educational statement aligns these three areas of research with Learning Outcomes from the Early Years Learning Framework (DEEWR, 2009) to suggest several recommendations for further research and practice into the relationship between children’s health and wellbeing and the provision of play-based pedagogy in early childhood education.
Language eng
Field of Research 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category A6 Research report/technical paper
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