In this free course, Children's perspectives on play, you are asked to put yourself in the place of young children and to think about their view of play and their reasons for playing. When children have personal freedom to choose and make decisions about what and who they want to play with, as well as where they want to play, they are highly self-motivated and active in their engagements with everything around them. In this course you will think about how you listen to children’s perspectives, why it is important and also consider the choices children make about where they play and why.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
understand and outline the significance of play and creativity in listening to children and understanding their perspectives
describe different ways that children ‘tell’ about their experiences of play in different contexts
describe the impact of different contexts on children’s views of play
recognise how a socio-cultural understanding of children leads to taking their perspectives seriously.