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Has the emphasis on raising educational standards in the UK led to adult-led learning replacing play? This free course, The role of play in children's learning, will help teachers assess the importance of spontaneous play and socialising in the playground, as well as looking at the value of play and the varying attitudes that adults have towards the activity.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- examine the place play has in the curriculum framework/guidance or documents most relevant to a personal setting
- identify various definitions of play
- demonstrate an awareness of ideas about the value of play and adults' attitudes towards play
- consider play in a personal setting and understand children's perceptions of play
- demonstrate an awareness of issues such as gender and play and children's right to play.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Curriculum frameworks and play
- 2 What is play?
- 3 How valuable is play?
- 4 Dilemmas and questions
- Keep on learning
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The role of play in children's learning
From an early age, play is important to a child's development and learning. It isn't just physical. It can involve cognitive, imaginative, creative, emotional and social aspects. It is the main way most children express their impulse to explore, experiment and understand. Children of all ages play.
(Dobson, 2004, p.8)
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 2 study in
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Professional Development in Education courses or view the range of currently available OU Professional Development in Education courses.
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Originally published: Tuesday, 12th July 2011
Last updated on: Tuesday, 16th February 2016
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