The significance of children’s play and empowerment: An observational tool.

Canning, Natalie (2020). The significance of children’s play and empowerment: An observational tool. Occassional Paper 14, TACTYC.

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Abstract

In early childhood there is consensus that children’s play is an important aspect of development and learning. There is less agreement, however, around the ‘best’ way to support children’s play and record the rich learning that takes place in informal contexts. The ideology around play and the different ways of supporting children are subjective and educators are influenced by their own understanding that has informed their ideas and experiences. The term ‘empowerment’, a bit like ‘play’ is ambiguous, defined in subtly different ways depending on the discipline in which it is used. Here empowerment is examined in relation to children’s social play; explored within child-initiated play contexts. This paper offers a way in which empowerment can be observed and recorded, reflecting on the significance of play and empowerment for children’s learning experiences.

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