The Place of Play

Oldfield, Janine (2009) The Place of Play. Australian Journal of Early Childhood. ISSN 0312-5033 (Submitted)

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The article explores the importance of play in all aspects of development, particularly that of dramatic play. It cites research that indicates play, with the correct adult intervention and environment, can not only enhance Vygotsky’s zone of proximal development due to its social nature so that skills, knowledge, problem solving and the integration of experiences are fostered and realised, it can lead to more permanent neural connections. However, any cross-cultural evaluations of play are fraught with difficulties since apparent similarities may actually lead to different cultural end skills and apparent differences to deficit discourse. Thus, parallel systems of childcare, such as the Indigenous Australian Multifunctional Aboriginal Children’s Services (MACS), that offer holistic care and alternative conceptions of play may be required in order to foster identity formation and, hence, development.

Item Type: Article
Field of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200303 English as a Second Language
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
L Education > L Education (General)
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2010 05:19
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2011 15:32

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