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ERIC Number: EJ1071329
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Guiding Future Early Childhood Educators to Reclaim Their Own Play as a Foundation for Becoming Effective Advocates for Children's Play
Nicholson, Julie; Shimpi, Priya Mariana
Early Child Development and Care, v185 n10 p1601-1616 2015
Two case studies describe how two women, enrolled in an undergraduate course on play, were guided to examine play across their lifespan, critique the barriers that led to a decline in their play from childhood to young adulthood, and engage in cycles of documentation, dialogue, and analysis of their adult play experiences in order to discover pathways to reclaim play in their adult lives. Two assignments were used to facilitate the students' learning process; online blogs and digital lifespan play portfolios created on interactive wikis. Research on women's leisure and feminist poststructuralism informs discussion of the findings. Implications of the study's findings suggest that supporting early childhood professionals to develop as child advocates able to articulate the value of play for children's learning and development should begin by helping them to make important discoveries about the role of play in their own lives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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