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Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Play from Birth and Beyond


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1 Playing with Theory.- I The Value of Play.- 2 Making Life Worth Living: Theories of Play Enlivened through The Work of Donald Winnicott.- 3 The First Two Years of Life: A Development Psychology Orientation to Child Development and Play.- 4 Looking Deeper: Play and The Spiritual Dimension.- 5 "Muckabout": Aboriginal Conceptions of Play and Early Childhood Learning.- 6 Loving Learning: The Value of Play within Contemporary Primary School Pedagogy.- II Play Beyond Early Childhood.- 7 Cultural Development of the Child in Role-Play: Drama Pedagogy and Its Potential Contributions to Early Childhood Education.- 8 The Playground of the Mind: Teaching Literature at University.- 9 Gamestorming the Academy: On Creative Play and Unconventional Learning for The 21st Century.- 10 Designing for Serious Play.- 11 The Power of Play-based Learning: A Pedagogy of Hope for Potentially At-Risk Children.- III Socio-Cultural Context, Technology and Consumerism.- 12 Gendering the Subject in Playful Encounters.- 13 Toys and the Creation of Cultural Play Scripts.- 14 Playing with Technology: Young children Making Sense of Technology as Part of Their Everyday Social Worlds.- 15 Play, Virtue, and Well-being: Is Consumerist Play a Bad Habit?.- 16 Lego, Creative Accumulation and the Future of Play.

About the Author

Sandra Lynch (PhD) is Director of the Institute for Ethics and Society and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney campus. Her research interests lie in applied and professional ethics, values education, and friendship. She is author of Philosophy and Friendship (Edinburgh UP, 2005); Strategies for a Thinking Classroom (Primary English Teachers Association, Australia, 2008); "Friendship and Happiness from a Philosophical Perspective" in Friendship and Happiness (Springer, 2015) and "Philosophy, play and ethics in education" in Philosophical Perspectives on Play (Routledge, 2015).
Deborah Pike
(PhD) is the Discipline Head and a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus. Her research interests include cultural studies, postcolonial and modernist literary studies, and wellbeing and play studies. She is author of The Subversive Art of Zelda Fitzgerald (University of Missouri Press, 2016); and "The Russian Way of Happiness: Choice, Love and Community" in On Happiness: New Ideas for the Twenty-First Century (UWA Press, 2016), a book that she also co-edited.
Cynthia a Beckett (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus and an experienced early childhood educator and advisor. Her research interests explore connections between the sociology of childhood, young children and families and the topic of play. Her publications include "Imaginative education explored through the concept of Playing in the In-between" in Imagination in Educational Theory and Practice, a Many-sided Vision (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012). She is a member of the Board of the prestigious SDN Children Services and chairs the Board's Research Ethics subcommittee.

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