Play: A Theory of Learning and Change

  • Tara Brabazon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Tara Brabazon
    Pages 1-4
  3. Setting the Field of Play

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Randa Khattar, Karyn Callaghan
      Pages 27-33
    3. Felicity McArdle, Jennifer Sumsion, Sue Grieshaber, Kellie Bousfield, Paul Shield
      Pages 35-54
    4. Linda Charko, Cameron Fraser, Don Jones, Umar Keoni Umangay
      Pages 55-70
  4. Playing with Bodies (of Knowledge)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Zeffie Nicholas, Erica van Roosmalen
      Pages 95-106
    3. Beverley Moriarty, Louise Wightman
      Pages 107-117
    4. Tara Brabazon
      Pages 119-144
  5. Playing with Pedagogies

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 225-235

About this book


This book examines the question of why ‘play’ is a happy and benevolent verb in childhood, yet a subjective label of behaviour in adulthood. It studies the transformation of the positively labelled term ‘child’s play’, used to refer to our early years, into an aberrance or deviation from normal social relationships in later life, when we speak of playing up or playing around. It answers the question by proposing play as a theory of learning, an ideology that circumscribes behaviour, and a way of thinking. Written by scholars of early childhood through to further and higher education, the book presents research on play enacted in a way that arches beyond the specificity of age groups or predictive, normative patterns. It is international in its focus, moving beyond insular, inward and parochial educational standards and limitations in one city, province, state or nation. Finally, it demonstrates the value of play to educational policy and theories of learning. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Tara Brabazon
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Teacher EducationCharles Sturt UniversityBathurstAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-25547-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-25549-1
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