Learning through play
This page is an opportunity to share research into the role and value of play in early years. If you have a research project you would like to share, please get in touch. As with other areas of the Bristol Early Years Research website, we will be including both settings-led and university-led research as both are relevant to and support the development of outstanding practice in this area.
Books on Learning through Play
Brooker, L., Blaise, M. and Edwards, S. (Eds.) (2014) SAGE Handbook of Play and Learning in Early Childhood. London: Sage Publications.
Play and learning scholarship has developed considerably over the last decade, as has the recognition of its importance to children’s learning and development. Containing chapters from highly respected researchers, whose work has been critical to building knowledge and expertise in the field, this Handbook focuses on examining historical, current and future research issues in play and learning scholarship. This book is organised into three sections that consider:
- Theoretical and philosophical perspectives on play and learning
- Play in pedagogy, curriculum and assessment
- Play contexts.
This recent handbook is essential reading for researchers and postgraduate students, as well as professionals with interest in this dynamic and changing field.
Brooker, L. and S. Edwards. (Eds.) (2010) Engaging Play. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
This insightful and engaging collection brings together the perspectives of leading and emerging scholars in early childhood education and play from within Europe, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States of America. Each of these scholars considers, from their own theoretical standpoint, the ways that young children's play contributes to their learning and development. The chapters cover a variety of contexts and theoretical positions, demonstrating that the process of 'engaging' with the theory and practice of play can take many forms. A range of theoretical viewpoints of play are considered and related to the experiences of today's families, children and educators across different educational settings. The numerous contributors are likely to include many whose names you recognise and some new ones!