2014, Volume 17, Special Issue: Early Childhood Policy

Play and the professional early childhood teacher: A personal reflection

early childhood research journal

Full Reference

Stover, S. (2014). Play and the professional early childhood teacher: A personal reflection. NZ Research in Early Childhood Education Journal. Special Issue: Early Childhood Policy, 17, 89-100.

 

Original Policy Paper

Play and the Professional Early Childhood Teacher: A Personal Reflection

Sue Stover
AUT University, New Zealand 

Abstract

This article draws together some reflections on play and educationalisation in the historic context of the contemporary professionalism of early childhood. Looking historically, I suggest that both play and education are issues whose visibility and vitality seem to reflect social and political drivers. I also consider what a review of Te Whāriki could include with the inclusion of greater emphasis on learning through play. So it is worthwhile to consider how play and professionalism have been - and perhaps still are – tools of larger reform projects.

Key words: Play; history, learning through play; early childhood education; policy; professionalism; curriculum.

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