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ERIC Number: EJ932621
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
Playful Structure: A Novel Image of Early Years Pedagogy for Primary School Classrooms
Walsh, Glenda; Sproule, Liz; McGuinness, Carol; Trew, Karen
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v31 n2 p107-119 2011
Playful structure is a new pedagogic image representing a more balanced and integrated perspective on early years pedagogy, aiming to blend apparent dichotomies and contradictions and to sustain and evolve play-based practice beyond Year 1. Playful structure invites teachers and children to initiate and maintain a degree of playfulness in the child's whole learning experience, even when the learning intentions demand a supportive structure. Thus, playfulness becomes characteristic of the "interaction" between adult and the child and not just characteristic of child-initiated versus adult-initiated activities, or of play-time versus task-time. The paper is based on intensive observations and interviews with teachers in Northern Ireland who participated in a play-based and informal curriculum. This paper explains how playful structure rests on complementary processes of infusion of structure into play-based activities and infusion of playfulness into more structured activities, illustrated by cameos. "Infusion" suggests the subtle blending process that allows apparent dichotomies and contradictions to be resolved in practice. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)