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Peer Play and Relationships in Early Childhood

International Research Perspectives

  • Avis Ridgway
  • Gloria Quiñones
  • Liang Li

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Pentti Hakkarinen
    Pages 11-26
  3. Avis Ridgway, Liang Li, Gloria Quiñones
    Pages 27-44
  4. Gloria Quiñones, Avis Ridgway, Liang Li
    Pages 77-92
  5. Annukka Pursi, Lasse Lipponen
    Pages 93-111
  6. Anita Mortlock, Vanessa Green
    Pages 129-144
  7. Lina Sun, Yu Chen, Yue-Juan Pan, Yan-Ling Ming
    Pages 145-160
  8. Milda Bredikyte, Monika Skeryte-Kazlauskiene
    Pages 161-177
  9. Liang Li, Mong-Lin Yu
    Pages 179-195
  10. Joanna Williamson, Daniel Lovatt, Helen Hedges
    Pages 197-213

About this book


This book offers a rich collection of international research narratives that reveal the qualities and value of peer play. It presents new understandings of peer play and relationships in chapters drawn from richly varied contexts that involve sibling play, collaborative peer play, and joint play with adults. The book explores social strategies such as cooperation, negotiation, playing with rules, expressing empathy, and sharing imaginary emotional peer play experiences. Its reconceptualization of peer play and relationships promotes new thinking on children's development in contemporary worlds. It shows how new knowledge generated about young children's play with peers illuminates how they learn and develop within and across communities, families, and educational settings in diverse cultural contexts. The book addresses issues that are relevant for parents, early years' professionals and academics, including the role of play in learning at school, the role of adults in self-initiated play, and the long-term impact of early friendships. The book makes clear how recent cultural differences involve digital, engineering and imaginary peer play.

The book follows a clear line of argument highlighting  the importance of play-based learning and stress the importance of further knowledge of children's interaction in their context.

This book aims to highlight the narration of peer play, mostly leaning on a sociocultural theoretical perspective, where many chapters have a cultural-historical theoretical frame and highlight children's social situation of development.

Polly Björk-Willén, Linköping University, Sweden


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Editors and affiliations

  • Avis Ridgway
    • 1
  • Gloria Quiñones
    • 2
  • Liang Li
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Peer Play and Relationships in Early Childhood
  • Book Subtitle International Research Perspectives
  • Editors Avis Ridgway
    Gloria Quiñones
    Liang Li
  • Series Title International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development
  • Series Abbreviated Title Int.persp.early childhood
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-42330-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-42333-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-42331-5
  • Series ISSN 2468-8746
  • Series E-ISSN 2468-8754
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 231
  • Number of Illustrations 13 b/w illustrations, 42 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Early Childhood Education
    International and Comparative Education
    Creativity and Arts Education
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