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The Excellence of Play by Janet Moyles


The Excellence of Play by Janet Moyles

Play as a powerful learning and teaching experience remains key to effective early childhood education. Retaining its popular approach and style, this new edition reflects the contemporary context of early childhood education and care as well emerging research on young children's development. The emphasis remains firmly on demonstrating the excellence of play and its contribution to children's overall learning and development in the early years, and the role of adults in promoting inspirational playful pedagogies.It offers new coverage on topics such as brain development, gender, babies' play, cultural diversity and inclusion, children as researchers, new technologies, outdoor play and international dimensions. Key features include: A chapter overview giving a brief outline of aims and purpose Lively and meaningful cameos to help bring the themes and issues to life Content drawing on the cameos to help link research, theory and practice Reflective questions to raise awareness of, and reflection on, the issues raised Useful websites and further reading This is a must-read book for all students studying early childhood at a range of levels and practitioners who are looking to deepen their understanding of play and playful practices. Janet Moyles's 'The Excellence of Play' has become a corner-stone of Early Childhood Education and Care and provides evidence that young children learn best by playing, exploring, experimenting - in short having exciting, adventurous, creative experiences which are meaningful and interest them. The ideas and examples in the chapters from Janet and her co-writers (many of them 'new') are a source of utter delight. Please, please someone, make this book compulsory reading for MPs and policy wonks. Tricia David, Emeritus Professor, Canterbury Christ Church University 'The Excellence of Play' is now in its 4th edition and this is testimony to how thought-provoking an edited collection it continues to be. This much anticipated new edition does not disappoint: there are chapters written by foremost authors in the field and a vast array of perspectives on play are gathered together in one volume. In summary, this book is a valuable contribution to the field of Early Childhood Studies and should be considered essential reading for students and practitioners alike. On reading this book, one is left in no doubt about the primacy of play in young children's lives and the important role of adults in supporting their play. Dr. Deborah Albon, London Metropolitan University This book explores play from differing perspectives, which combine to provide a thought-provoking and comprehensive account of its value. The rigorous introduction examines and explains the relevance of the different chapters, written by experts in their fields, placing them in historical, cultural, psycho-social, curricular and pedagogical contexts. This new edition of a classic text offers encouragement as well as information to all working with young children and their families. It provides grounded evidence for the importance of play, spelling out the complex but crucial contribution it makes to self-regulation, motivation and well-being, which are under threat in current conditions. Readers will be equipped to affirm and disseminate the importance of ensuring that future generations benefit from meaningful play. Wendy Scott, President TACTYC Play absorbs children; it fascinates them. It also fascinates and intrigues teachers, researchers and theorists, as the fourth edition of this book demonstrates. Its contributors do justice to the delights, complexities, puzzles and imponderables of play and make a powerful case against the undue schoolification of childhood and for the playification of schooling. Colin Richards HMI(retired) Emeritus Professor of Education, University of Cumbria

About the Author

Janet Moyles is Professor Emerita at Anglia Ruskin University. She is a qualified nursery/early years teacher and has held a variety of roles including headteacher, lecturer and researcher. List of contributors: Dr. Angela Anning University of Leeds Karen Barr Sheffield Hallam University Marisol Basilio University of Cambridge Helen Bradford University of Cambridge Dr. Pat Broadhead Leeds Metropolitan University Dr. Chris Brown Institute of Education, London Professor Tina Bruce University of Roehampton Penny Borkett Sheffield Hallam University Liz Chesworth Leeds Metropolitan University Dr. Aline-Wendy Dunlop University of Strathclyde Dr. Peter Elfer University of Roehampton Dr. Hilary Fabian Teacher Dr. Jan Georgeson Plymouth University Dr. Kathy Goouch Canterbury Christ Church University Dr. Justine Howard Swansea University Helen Jameson Teacher Dr. Peter King Swansea University Neil Kitson Warwick University Val Melnyczuk Open University Dr. Jane Murray University of Northampton Dr. Celia O'Donovan Lecturer, researcher, trainer and inspector Dr. Jayne Osgood London Metropolitan University Rod Parker-Rees Plymouth University Dr. Jayne Payler University of Winchester Dr. Sally Peters University of Waikato Linda Pound Early years consultant, trainer and writer Dr. Kathy Ring York St. John University and independent consultant Dr. Sue Rogers Institute of Education, London Dr. Helen Tovey University of Roehampton Lynne Truelove Sheffield Hallam University Dr. David Whitebread University of Cambridge Dr. Elizabeth Wood University of Sheffield Maulfry Worthington VU University, Amsterdam Dr. Nicola Yelland Victoria University, Melbourne

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Publication date

16th February 2015


Janet Moyles

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Open University Press


344 pages


Pre-school & kindergarten



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