Young Children Playing

Relational Approaches to Emotional Learning in Early Childhood Settings

  • Sophie Jane Alcock

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction and Methods: Relating and Feelings at the Heart of Play

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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      Pages 3-21
  3. Young Children Being Playful in Three Early Childhood Care and Education Settings: Connecting and Communicating

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
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      Pages 61-77
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      Pages 79-96
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      Pages 97-113
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      Pages 115-135
  4. Infants and Toddlers Relating and Playing: Layers of Holding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
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      Pages 139-157
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  5. Implications for Teachers: Observing Subjectively, Reflectively, Relationally and with Feeling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
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      Pages 179-194

About this book


The subject of this book is young children’s emotional-social learning and development within early childhood care and education settings in Aotearoa-New Zealand. The focus on emotional complexity fills a gap in early childhood care and education research where young children are frequently framed narrowly as ‘learners,’ ignoring the importance of emotional functioning and the feelings with which children make sense of themselves and the world. This book draws on original data in the form of narrative-like framed events to creatively illustrate the complexities in children’s diverse ways of feeling, thinking, playing, being, and becoming. Events illuminate the feelings and meanings of observed experiences in holistic and contextualised gestalts. Awareness of unconscious processes, the feeling of feelings, and cultural dimensions of development and meaning-making are addressed. The book emphasises the emergent and psychodynamic nature of children’s development and learning with strong links to the role of play and playfulness in the events, drawing on two ethnographically inspired research projects that present theory, experience and practice in real-life events. 


Attachment as belonging Childhood development and psychology Cognitive learning-experience ECCE services Early childhood care and education services Emotional complexity Emotional learning-experience Emotional-social learning Micro-macro activity systems Narrative events Nature of playfulness New Zealand Early Childhood Education Perezhivanie Post-Freudian Post-Kleinian Relational and sociocultural psychoanalytic perspectives Sophie Alcock Tangata whenua Vygotsky Zone of proximal development

Authors and affiliations

  • Sophie Jane Alcock
    • 1
  1. 1.Victoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-1205-1
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-1207-5
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