Children's play in the Australian Indigenous context: the need for a contemporary view

Dender, Alma M. and Stagnitti, Karen 2015, Children's play in the Australian Indigenous context: the need for a contemporary view, International journal of play, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 3-16, doi: 10.1080/21594937.2014.977036.

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Title Children's play in the Australian Indigenous context: the need for a contemporary view
Author(s) Dender, Alma M.
Stagnitti, KarenORCID iD for Stagnitti, Karen
Journal name International journal of play
Volume number 4
Issue number 1
Start page 3
End page 16
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2015-01-02
ISSN 2159-4937
Keyword(s) pretend play
Indigenous Australians
Aboriginal children
play theories
Summary Despite an extensive search, very little literature was found on Australian Indigenous children’s play, and more specifically pretend play. Most of the literature found was written in the period from 1840 to the 1950s and was primarily descriptive. We argue that the literature found on Australian Indigenous children’s play could be interpreted through the prominent classical theories of the day. These theories emphasized the value of play in preparing children for adulthood. The literature is silent in regard to the value and significance of play in Indigenous Australian culture and on the contribution of play to children’s developmental skills such as language, cognition, problem-solving, literacy and learning. This paper presents a review of the available literature and argues for an analysis of contemporary Australian Indigenous children’s play which values play in the development of the child and interprets play behavior within an Indigenous cultural framework.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/21594937.2014.977036
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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