The aim of the game: a pedagogical tool to support young children’s learning through play

Yeshe Colliver*, Nikolay Veraksa

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    Abstract

    Understanding what and how young children learn through their play is central to the enactment of the dominant, play-based early childhood education and care. This paper presents data from a case study of 28 young children's perspectives on learning through play. Application of a cultural-historical analysis method showed how these perspectives may be understood according to Vygotsky's writing on learning through play. This paper suggests “the aim of the game” is a useful way to understand young children's perspectives on their learning through play. The resultant understanding may facilitate educators' observation of and engagement with free play to maximise learning, without disrupting their autonomy – an indispensable feature of play for young children.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)296–310
    Number of pages15
    JournalLearning, Culture and Social Interaction
    Volume21
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

    Keywords

    • young children's perspectives
    • learning through play
    • pedagogical observation
    • guided play
    • cultural-historical theory

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