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Children's empowerment in play

Canning, Natalie (2007). Children's empowerment in play. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 15(2) pp. 227–236.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13502930701320966
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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2007 Routledge
ISSN: 1752-1807
Keywords: autonomy; children's play; emotional development; empowerment; social development
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Education
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 20277
Depositing User: Users 9543 not found.
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2010 16:51
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2014 10:55
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/20277
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