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ERIC Number: EJ1120144
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2331-0464
Play as Place: A Safe Space for Young Children to Learn about the World
Nitecki, Elena; Chung, Mi-Hyun
International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, v4 n1 p25-31 2016
This theoretical discussion frames play as a "place" consistent with the tenets of place-based education. We adopt a broad definition of place-based education to include both the environment around the child and the place within the child, their "world of play." We will apply theories of place-based education to demonstrate that play is indeed a place--a safe space where children learn about the world and about themselves. We discuss the challenges that the field of early childhood faces in the era of accountability and argue that play, like places in our natural environment, should be nurtured and protected.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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