Part I. Learning and Development in Play: 1. A political-pedagogical landscape; 2. Parallel conceptual worlds; 3. Teacher beliefs about teaching concepts; 4. Valued curriculum concepts in early education; 5. Teacher knowledge of subject matter concepts; 6. Empirical and narrative knowledge development in play; 7. Children building theoretical knowledge in play; Part II. Cultural-Historical Theories of Play and Learning: 8. Cultural-historical programs that afford play development - play as a leading activity; 9. Theories about play and learning; 10. The imaginative act as conceptual play; Part III. Learning and Development as Cultural Practice: 11. Views on child development matter; 12. A revolutionary view of development; 13. Children's development as participation in everyday practices across institutions; 14. A cultural-historical view of play, learning and development.
Early Learning and Development offers new models of 'conceptual play' practice and theory.
Marilyn Fleer holds the Foundation Chair of Early Childhood Education at Monash University, Australia.
'This is a powerful, rich book that will contribute to deeper ways of thinking about early childhood education, children and the role of cultural-historical experience in children's lives.' Dr Beverley Clark, Associate Head of School (Academic), School of Education Te Kura Matauranga AUT University