TEACHING THROUGH PLAY

Paperback | January 1, 1997

byNeville Bennett

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This book is based on the findings of a research project into Reception Teachers' Theories of Play funded by the Economic & Social Research Council. There is strong ideological and theoretical support for a play-based curriculum in the early years. But evidence suggests that teachers find this difficult to translate into practice. The educational potential of play is not realized.

This study focuses on nine reception class teachers, ranging from novices to experts, in order to discover their theories of play and how these relate to classroom practice. The data reveal new insights into how they strive to incorporate play into the curriculum in contrasting ways and the constraints they encounter in this process.

There is a need to improve the quality of teaching and learning through play. Teaching Through Play makes a valuable contribution to this process.

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This book is based on the findings of a research project into Reception Teachers' Theories of Play funded by the Economic & Social Research Council. There is strong ideological and theoretical support for a play-based curriculum in the early years. But evidence suggests that teachers find this difficult to translate into practice. T...

Neville Bennett is Professor of Primary Education at the University of Exeter. He has a particular interest in the Early Years and has researched and published widely in this field. He is co-director with Liz Wood on the ESRC Funded Project Reception Teachers' Theories of Play.Liz Wood is Programme Leader for Early Years at the Schoo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 3.58 × 2.36 × 0.15 inPublished:January 1, 1997Publisher:McGraw-Hill Education

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0335197329

ISBN - 13:9780335197323

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Table of Contents

Perspectives on play
Play
rhetoric and reality
Teacher thought and action
theory and method
Teachers' theories of play
Theory into practice
Changing theories and practice
Teaching through play
retrospect and prospect
References
Appendices
Index.