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Volume 4, Number 1 - April 2015


The essence of play: A practice companion for professionals working with children and young people by Justine Howard and Karen McInnes

This book is authored by Justine Howard, a developmental and therapeutic play specialist, and Karen McInnes, a psychology and early childhood lecturer and primary school teacher. The book gives ample evidence of not only the detailed research which has gone into the writing of this compilation but also the rich and relevant professional experience of the authors. This book is certainly a useful resource for all professionals engaged in children’s learning and development through play.

The contents of the book are divided into eight chapters which flow easily from one to the other, covering topics from play theories, child development, concepts of playfulness, the role of adults in promoting play, the play environment, diversity in relation to play, observation and assessment of play and professional practice in relation to play.

 

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