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Play's the Thing, The Second Edition

Play's the Thing, The Second Edition

Play's the Thing, The Second Edition

Teachers' Roles in Children's Play

Author(s): Elizabeth Jones (click on the author's name for more titles)

ISBN: 9780807752418

Binding: Paperback

Published by: Teachers College Press

RRP $58.95


Responding to current debates on the place of play in schools, the authors have extensively revised their groundbreaking book. They explain how and why play is a critical part of children’s development, as well as the central role adults have to promote it. This classic textbook and popular practitioner resource offers systematic descriptions and analyses of the different roles a teacher adopts to support play, including those of stage manager, mediator, player, scribe, assessor, communicator, and planner. This new edition has been expanded to include significant developments in the broadening landscape of early learning and care, such as assessment, diversity and culture, intentional teaching, inquiry, and the construction of knowledge.

New for the Second Edition of The Play’s the Thing!

Additional theories on the relationship of teachers and children’s play, e.g., Vygotsky and the role of imaginary play and Reggio Emilia’s image of the competent child.
Current issues from media content, consumer culture, and environmental concerns.
Standards and testing in preschool and kindergarten.
Bridging the cultural gap between home and school.
Using digital technology to make children’s play visible.
Recent brain development research.
And much more!

“Playful learning offers educators a plan for creating fun and engaging pedagogies that support rich curricula....And this book offers magnificent descriptions and evidence-based examples of how teachers can pave this new road and create a climate for learning via play.”
—From the Foreword to the Second Edition by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Temple University, and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, University of Delaware