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VALUE OF PLAY (hb)2009
Author: PERRY ELSE
ISBN: 9780826448095
Year: 2009
Publisher: CONTINUUM BOOKS
Category: EDUCATION
Edition: 1
Format: Hard Cover
Language: English
Pages: 167
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Most recognize that play is good for children yet we are confused by the dangers we see in the wider environment and so often restrict children’s natural opportunities to play. As a result children’s play has gained increased awareness amongst a variety of professions working with children, many of whom have different approaches to play and children. The Value of Play is explained using the Integral Play Framework, a model that draws together differing views on the purpose of play and its various types. These ideas are then used as the basis for chapters of the book: showing why playing is valuable to our bodies, our minds, and culturally and socially. There are examples of how play can be supported both informally and formally, at home and in children’s settings. As well as theory, there are relevant, practical approaches for play activities, and observations of playing children to help explain the processes. Key questions are asked at times to help those who may be engaged in a more reflective form of practice. The Value of Play has been written to be accessible by a broad spectrum of readers, including all those training to work with children; those specifically engaged in playwork as a field in itself; and those on Childhood Studies programmes.

Perry Else is Course Leader for BA Playwork at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.




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 TABLE OF CONTENTS
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. What do we mean by play?
Defining play
Playing – just for children?
A definition of play
The play process
2. What gets in the way of children playing?
Family and friends
Legislation impacting on children
Influences of the media
Concerns with ‘safety’
Children need to take risks
3. Why is play valuable?
Ways of looking at play
The Integral Play Framework
Levels of ability and understanding
Different types of play – play types
4. Playing actively
Starting early
Using our bodies actively
Supporting access to the wider environment
Enhancing spaces for play
Using the elements
5. Playing through feelings and thoughts
How the brain and mind work
Perceptual play
Impulsive play
Emotional play
Imaginative play
Getting serious – deep play
All in the mind?
6. Playing through culture
Influences on cultural play
Games that children play
Playful and creative approaches
Play with roles
Rituals and play
7. Playing with others
Playing at home
Playing in groups
Children and gender
Communication play
Social play
Participation – listening to children and young people
Playing globally
8. Grown up play
How adults play
Staying playful
A ‘beautiful intelligence’
Auto-erotism
A playful intelligence
9. A Play History - From Plato to the Play Ethic
10. The Every Child Matters framework in England
Appendix
References
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