'This Handbook offers diverse perspectives from scholars across the
globe who help us see play in new ways. At the same time the basic
nature of play gives a context for us to learn new theoretical
frameworks and methods. A real gem!' - Beth Graue, Department of
Curriculum and Instruction, Wisconsin Center for Education
Research, USA 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. Organized into
three sections which consider: theoretical and philosophical
perspectives on play and learningplay in pedagogy, curriculum and
assessmentplay contexts. The Handbook's breadth, clarity and rigor
will make it essential reading for researchers and postgraduate
students, as well as professionals with interest in this dynamic
and changing field. Liz Brooker is Reader in Early Childhood in the
Faculty of Children and Learning at the Institute of Education,
University of London. Mindy Blaise is an Associate Professor of
Early Childhood Education in the Department of Early Childhood
Education at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Susan Edwards is
Associate Professor in Curriculum and Pedagogy at Australian
Catholic University. This handbook's International Advisory Board
included: Jo Aliwood, The University of Newcastle, Australia Pat
Broadhead, Leeds Metropolitan University, Australia Stig Brostrom,
Aarhus University, Denmark Hasina Ebrahim, University of the Free
State, South Africa Beth Graue, Wisconsin Center for Education
Research, USA Amita Gupta, The City College of New York, CUNY, USA
Marjatta Kalliala, University of Helsinki, Finland Rebecca Kantor,
University of Colorado Denver, USA Colette Murphy, Trinity College,
Dublin, Republic of Ireland Ellen Sandseter, Queen Maud University
College of Early Childhood Education, Norway
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