International perspectives on play

Lewis, A (2012) 'International perspectives on play.' Playwords, 44. pp. 15-18. ISSN 2049-3622

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This paper explores features of different early years international curricula from New Zealand, Italy, United States of America, China and Wales. Most of the countries selected for discussion were based on the fact that they formed the basis of the Foundation Phase in Wales (Siraj-Blatchford et al. 2005) except China which has been included in the evaluation to examine and compare the pedagogy (the relationship between learning and teaching) to the other countries. The role and status of play within each country will be critically analysed and various definitions of play and relevant theorists will be mentioned. Comparisons will be made about the role of the adult and the different views of childhood, in addition to the strengths and weaknesses of the approaches. It is important to note early on in this paper that, ‘getting a broader perspective, looking at international patterns and keys to success, is important but there is no blue print’ (Tornberg and Lindholm, 2009, p.33).

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