ìKeeping Some Wildness Always Aliveî: Posthumanism and the Animality of Children’s Literature and Play

This article explores posthumanism as a philosophy that emphasizes human relationships with the natural world by examining representations of animality, both in children's literature (e.g. titles such as Where the Wild Things Are, Wild, Virginia Wolf, and No Fits, Nilson!) and in children's play in order to better understand the...

There is still nothing better than quality play experiences for young children’s learning and development: building the foundation for inquiry in our educational practices

Teachers face a growing call for implementing inquiry-based teaching and learning in a current pedagogical environment that contradicts this through educational practices that silo content, disseminate knowledge, and produce classrooms of passive learners. We address a hot topic in the United States on how a push for more "academics "...

The relationship between young children’s language abilities, creativity, play,and storytelling

This study examined the connection between young children's social play, creativity, storytelling, and language abilities. Participants were 56 primarily European American preschool children. First, to assess creativity we asked children to draw several pictures. Children created stories about their pictures during the creative process. Second, children created an original story...

Getting ready for “the modernist party as pedagogy”: A critique

Kate McLoughlin's recent JML article, "The Modernist Party as Pedagogy, " introduces a role-playing model, a simulated modernist party, to teach modernist literature. We respond to McLoughlin's modernist party by evaluating our experience of teaching a variation of it, considering the broader value of role-play for modernist pedagogy. Role-play requires...

Developing numeracy skills using interactive technology in a play-based learning environment

Background: The purpose of this study was to measure the impact of interactive technology in the form of mathematical applications (apps) delivered using iPads on kindergarten children's learning of number sense in a play-based learning environment. Secondly, factors influencing the use of interactive technology in a play-based environment were examined....

Play as Preparation for Learning and Life

Peter Gray, research professor at Boston College and past chair of its Psychology Department, originally trained in neurobiology at Columbia and Rockefeller University; but he now publishes in the fields of comparative, evolutionary, developmental, and educational psychology. In the academy, Gray is known best for his widely assigned university-level textbook...

Enhancing peer interaction during guided play in Finnish integrated special groups*

This article focused on the pedagogy that enhances peer interaction in integrated special groups. In Finland, most children identified as having special educational needs (SEN) attend day-care in mainstream kindergarten groups; the rest are in integrated or segregated early childhood special education (ECSE) groups in public day-care centres [National Institute...

Differences in teachers verbal responsiveness to groups of children with ASD who vary in cognitive and language abilities

Background: This study aimed to examine whether verbal responsiveness in special education teachers varied among subgroups of children with autism spectrum disorder (n=112) who differed in cognitive and language abilities. Methods: Participants were divided into clusters using cluster analysis based on standardised cognitive and language tests using k-mean clustering. For...

Guided Play: Principles and Practices

Competing trends in early childhood education emphasize the need for strong curricular approaches and for unfettered exploration. We propose an approach to early learning that avoids this false dichotomy: guided play. Guided play takes advantage of children's natural abilities to learn through play by allowing them to express their autonomy...

Encouraging kids to hop, skip, and jump: Emphasizing the need for higher-intensity physical activity in childcare

Introduction: Daily physical activity (PA) participation is crucial to the health and well-being of young children. Along with total physical activity (TPA; all-intensity), moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), or energetic play, is associated with greater health benefits, particularly for preschoolers (3–4 years), including but not limited to improved bone and skeletal...

Creating and integrating relevant educational cartoons with scenario-based learning strategies to impart long-term ethics learning

Active and interactive learning are considered harbingers to life-long learning and many have recommended appropriate integration of technology and teaching methodologies to impart authentic learning. It is of utmost importance that classroom teaching be relevant and should involve potential real-life ethical situations that the students may face in the workplace....

Toward the constitution of emotional feelings: Synergistic lessons from Izard’s differential emotions theory and affective neuroscience

Cal Izard has provided psychology a robust vision of human emotional feelings. He has addressed the full spectrum of emotional-developmental-cognitive complexities entailed in clarifying seemingly impenetrable mysteries: How do we experience emotions and how do they guide cognitive development? Izard's developmental studies of infant minds integrate the primal evolutionary affective...

Playful learning: Tools, techniques, and tactics

Over the past decade, there has been an increased use of playful approaches to teaching and learning in higher education. Proponents argue that creating 'safe' playful spaces supports learning from failure, management of risk-taking, creativity and innovation, as well as increasing the enjoyment of learning for many students. However, the...

Playing and learning across the concrete and digital realms: a new context for the new learners

In this paper, the intersections of play and learning across the concrete and digital domains in early childhood settings are explored and illustrated. Play is an important component in the early years, expanding children's opportunities for social interaction and engagement, essential constructs for overall development. The traditional setting for children's...

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