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European Early Childhood Education Research Journal

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Editorial by Professor Chris Pascal and Professor Tony Bertram

This Virtual Special Issue on play is a selection of high interest papers drawn from the EECERJ over the last 2 years. It has the aim of highlighting the value placed on play in early learning and development by the Journal’s Editorial Board. Play continues to be of high interest to our research community and its role in supporting young children’s healthy development becomes ever more evident in a world which often seeks to squeeze it out with a focus on more formal and adult led pedagogic approaches even with our youngest children. Science is increasingly demonstrating what we are learning about the nature and value of different types of play, and how these contribute vitally to children’s well being and developmental progress and as these varied papers show this is a world-wide phenomenon. In this curated virtual EECERJ edition we begin with a review paper which focuses on current knowledge of the value of play on child development (Lai, Ang,  Por and Liew) followed by five papers which focus on different types of play, including risky play (Lavrysen, Bertrands, Leyssen, Smets, Vanderspikken and Graef), home play (Lin and Li), socio-dramatic and imaginative play (Loizou), messy play (Gascoyne) and rough and tumble play (Storli and Sandseter). These are followed by two papers which focus on the value of play for friendships (Coelho, Torres, Fernandes and Santos) and the development of language skills (Stangeland) and two which focus on play and citizenship (Grindheim)  and finally on how play can promote the inclusion of young migrant children  (Kalkman and Clark).  

We hope that this selection provides a further stimulus to professional practice and a guide for those policy makers who shape early childhood pedagogies and adds to the body of rigorous and systematic, peer reviewed evidence on the importance of play in our lives.

Articles are free exclusively via this page until the end of October 2019.

Free Access Research Articles on Play:

Article Title AuthorVolume/Issue
Risky-play at school. Facilitating risk perception and competence in young childrenAnn Lavrysen, Els Bertrands, Leene Leyssen, Lieve Smets, Anja Vanderspikken, Peter De Graef
Vol. 25, No. 1, 2017
Parents’ play beliefs and engagement in young children’s play at homeXunyi Lin, Hui Li
Vol. 26, No. 2, 2018
Towards play pedagogy: supporting teacher play practices with a teacher guide about socio-dramatic and imaginative playEleni Loizou
Vol. 25, No. 5, 2017
Quality of play, social acceptance and reciprocal friendship in preschool childrenLeandra Coelho, Nuno Torres, Carla Fernandes, António J. Santos
Vol. 25, No. 6, 2017
The impact of play on child development - a literature reviewNgan Kuen Lai, Tan Fong Ang, Lip Yee Por, Chee Sun Liew
Vol. 26, No. 5, 2018
Patterns and attributes in vulnerable children’s messy playSue Gascoyne
Vol. 25, No. 2, 2017
The impact of language skills and social competence on play behaviour in toddlersElisabeth Brekke Stangeland
Vol. 25, No. 1, 2017
Gender matters: male and female ECEC practitioners’ perceptions and practices regarding children's rough-and-tumble play (R&T)Rune Storli, Ellen Beate Hansen Sandseter
Vol. 25, No. 6, 2017
Children as playing citizensLiv Torunn Grindheim
Vol. 25, No. 4, 2017
Here we like playing princesses – newcomer migrant children’s transitions within day care: exploring role play as an indication of suitability and home and belongingKris Kalkman, Alison Clark
Vol. 25, No. 2, 2017

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