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Play and Learning in Early Childhood Settings

International Perspectives

  • Ingrid Pramling-Samuelsson
  • Marilyn Fleer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Jayne White, Fiona Ellis, Amiria O’Malley, Jean Rockel, Sue Stover, Meripa Toso
    Pages 19-49
  3. Marilyn Fleer, Holli A. Tonyan, Ana Cristina Mantilla, Corine M. Patricia Rivalland
    Pages 51-80
  4. Verónica Aedo, Leonor Cerda, Patricia Dintrans, Mirna Pizarro, Silvia Redón, Verónica Romo
    Pages 81-95
  5. Mari Mori, Akiko Nezu, Chikage Samizo, Tomomi Naito, Mamiko Ishizuka
    Pages 117-134
  6. Ingrid Pramling-Samuelsson, Sonja Sheridan
    Pages 135-154
  7. Lenore Wineberg, Louis Chicquette
    Pages 155-171
  8. Ingrid Pramling-Samuelsson, Marilyn Fleer
    Pages 173-190
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 191-195

About this book


This book provides the first ever cultural-historical study of the play of children from birth to 2 years of age in their early childhood education and care settings across 7 countries. Researchers from New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Hong Kong China, Japan, Sweden and USA present their investigations of the play activities of infants and toddlers in their early childhood settings. They examine the cultural construction of play in these different contexts through a cultural-historical analysis.

The book presents a review of the literature, drawing upon Vygotsky’s (1966) work to frame the review, followed by a critique of research and theory on play within the field of early childhood education. It provides case examples of play within specific countries, mostly using Barbara Rogoff’s (1998) 3 planes of analysis as a common approach for framing and analysing the data generated. It further examines how play has been enacted across countries and offers suggestions for future directions.


Kindergarten childhood education children early childhood education play

Editors and affiliations

  • Ingrid Pramling-Samuelsson
    • 1
  • Marilyn Fleer
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. EducationGöteborg UniversitySweden
  2. 2.Monash University Fac. EducationFrankston VIC 3199

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Play and Learning in Early Childhood Settings
  • Book Subtitle International Perspectives
  • Editors Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson
    Marilyn Fleer
  • Series Title International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-8497-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-7893-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-8498-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 195
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Early Childhood Education
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