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Anyone who has observed play for any length of time wil recognize that, for young children, play is a tool for learning. Professionals who understand, acknowledge, and appreciate this can, through provision, interaction and intervention in chfldren's play, ensure progression, differentiation and relevance in the curriculum. "The Excellence of Play" gathers together authoritative contributors to provide a wide-ranging and key source text reflecting both up-to-date research and current classroom practice. It tackles how we conceptualize play, how we "place" it in the classroom, how we relate it to the curriculum, and how we evaluate its role in learning in the early years. It should stimulate and inform debate through its argument that "a curriculum which sanctions and utilizes play is more likely to provide well-balanced citizens of the future as well as happier children in the present".
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"I enjoyed reading Janet Moyles' book and recommend it to all those involved in the education of young children." - Education 3 to 13 "...fine and refreshing." - British Educational Research JournalAbout the Author:
Janet Moyles is Professor Emeritus at Anglia Polytechnic University where she was research professor specialising in all aspects of early years education and care. As a qualified teacher (and parent and grandparent), she has dedicated her career to investigating learning and teaching in early childhood and to supporting effective practice.
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