The Biocultural Roots of Play Behaviour and its link with development and learning

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    Abstract

    Have practitioners moved on from the idea that children are ‘not doing very much’ when they are running around in an outdoor area? Or is the change that has been engendered by the current Early Years guidelines an indication to practitioners that they are required to remedy this (apparent) ‘issue’?

    Are practitioners fully aware that young children’s access to independent free play (preferably in a natural outdoor arena where they can run around freely), in which they collaborate to construct play narratives is critical if they are to learn the extensive range of complex human communication and independent/ collaborative problem solving skills?

    When the narratives that children create seem silly or lacking in understanding to adult carers, are they fully aware that the principal value of such interactions are not in the development of children’s intellectual knowledge, but in the social learning that occurs between peers, and the development of self-efficacy?
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventTraining, Advancement and Co-operation in Teaching Young Children Annual Conference - , United Kingdom
    Duration: 6 Nov 2009 → …

    Conference

    ConferenceTraining, Advancement and Co-operation in Teaching Young Children Annual Conference
    Abbreviated titleTACTYC Annual Conference
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Period6/11/09 → …

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