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ERIC Number: EJ828121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Children's Empowerment in Play
Canning, Natalie
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v15 n2 p227-236 Jun 2007
This article examines the level of empowerment and autonomy children can create in their play experiences. It examines the play discourses that children build and maintain and considers the importance of play contexts in supporting children's emotional and social development. These aspects of play are often unseen or misunderstood by the adult observer. The article emphasises the importance of adult-free play, enabling children to experience a sense of power in their play and explore their awareness of personal and social relationships. It analyses the influence the adult can have on children's play spaces, by bringing an "adult agenda" to the play situation, and how this may ultimately disempower children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A