Making Play Work

Author: Robert Halpern
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 9780807743690
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After-school programs are becoming an important developmental support for low and moderate-income children. This book describes the historical development, current status, and critical issues facing these programs. Divided into historical eras for easy reference, the text examines: - The evolution of after-school programs and their role in the lives of children, providing a framework for reflecting on broader, contemporary issues such as the effects of poverty on children in the United States.- The rationales for and objectives of these programs and how both were shaped by prevailing societal ideas about children.- Patterns of sponsorship and staffing, describing daily routines and exploring the nature of children's experiences in different kinds of programs.- The relationship between after-school programs and schools, analyzing how these programs have responded to the dilemma of balancing children's needs for guidance and supervision with their equally important need for spontaneity and self-expression.- Current directions and expectations for the future of after-school programs.

The Work of Play

Author: Aaron Chia Yuan Hung
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9781433109065
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Some educational researchers claim that videogames can energize learning in both traditional and non-traditional contexts; cultivate skills more useful to a changing economy; and present information in ways more appealing to students. The notion of -serious games- dates back as early as the 1950s, but so far has failed to make a significant lasting impact on what goes on in education. <I>The Work of Play is an attempt to describe such learning on the micro-level, capturing the moment-by-moment interactions between players and showing how meanings are shaped over time. It builds on anthropological methods, including ethnography and conversation analysis, to re-construct how situated learning occurs and how players' perception of the game evolves as their experiences with the game change. This is a valuable book for researchers and for classroom use at the upper-division undergraduate and graduate levels."

Making Sense of Play

Author: Perry Else
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 0335247113
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This book straightforwardly describes how adults can support children’s free play, with a holistic, inclusive &practical approach.

Reflective Playwork

Author: Jacky Kilvington
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0826497640
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Reflective Playwork provides an introduction to playwork values, principles and practice for all who work with children. It recognizes that play is a need for all, and seeks to encourage the provision of time and space for all children to freely enjoy its benefits. In a world where we are ever seeking to protect our children and to encourage their educational progress, it is often overlooked that the need for play is as important as the need for food and sleep. Play deprivation can result in a child having less energy for education, a lower ability to use creative and imaginative ways of problem solving, a poorer self image, being less able to cope with the stresses and strains of life and sometimes being more likely to look for ‘kicks' in anti-social ways. This book encourages a greater understanding of play from the child's perspective, and suggests ways in which adults can support and enhance play. It covers: •Playwork principles and practice •Play theory •The child •Playwork values and practice •Playwork and society •Playwork education, training and continuing professional development •Quality and management of playwork It is written for those who are instinctively, or otherwise, looking to promote and celebrate the need for play in all of their work with children, and who see their role as supportive rather than supervisory. Further, it is for those who recognize that the rewards of working with children come as a privilege. Reflective Playwork is for the playworker and for all others who work with children - such as childcare practitioners, teaching assistants, health workers, social workers, teachers and those in management - who are looking to understand and adopt, at appropriate times, the values and principles in their own settings.

Rest Play Grow

Author: Deborah MacNamara Phd
ISBN: 9780995051201
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Based on the work of one of the world's foremost child development experts, Gordon Neufeld, Rest, Play, Grow offers a developmental road map to adults and is what every toddler, preschooler, and kindergartner wished their adults understood about them. Gabor Mate calls it "an essential primer on how to be a parent."

New Playwork

Author: Annie Davy
Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA
ISBN: 9781844803378
Format: PDF, Mobi
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From creating play spaces to child development, every key area of modern playwork is covered to help you support children's play in the 21st century. The authors' holistic approach, discussing both theory and practice, makes this the most comprehensive guide available for both students and playwork professionals. Packed with case studies, activities, illustrations and great new photographs, New Playwork contains a wealth of ideas for successful playwork and is an invaluable reference for this rapidly developing profession.

Activity Analysis Creativity and Playfulness in Pediatric Occupational Therapy Making Play Just Right

Author: Heather Miller Kuhaneck
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
ISBN: 1449649432
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Activity Analysis, Creativity and Playfulness in Pediatric Occupational Therapy: Making Play Just Right is a unique resource on pediatric activity and therapy analysis for occupational therapists and students. This text provides useful information on planning creative and playful activities within therapy sessions.

Evolutionary Playwork and Reflective Analytic Practice

Author: Bob Hughes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113452952X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Play is a crucial component in the development of all children. In this comprehensive and accessible text, Bob Hughes explores the complexities of children's play, its meaning and purpose, and argues that adult-free play is essential for the psychological well-being of the child. The book divides into three main sections. The first examines the fundamentals of evolutionary playwork, from creating the right play environment to issues of safety and participation. Secondly, the book explores the theory underlying playwork. Finally, the book offers new models to help the playworker develop their own professional practice. Throughout the text, the author brings his argument to life with vivid reflections on a lifetime's experience of play and playwork. Evolutionary Playwork and Reflective Analytic Practice is the first book of its kind, and represents essential reading for all playwork students, practitioners and researchers. It also incorporates dedicated material for parents looking to better understand and enhance the development of their children.