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

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posted on 2024-06-03, 09:03 authored by AM Dender, Karen StagnittiKaren Stagnitti
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.

History

Journal

International journal of play

Volume

4

Pagination

3-16

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

2159-4937

eISSN

2159-4953

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2015, Taylor & Francis

Issue

1

Publisher

Taylor & Francis