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The importance of play is recognised as being integral to young children's learning and development. This unit comprises of three modules, namely: What is play? Play and the curriculum; and Play and the early childhood (EC) practitioner. The concept, assessment and integration of play based learning will be investigated through readings, lectures and tutorial activities. This unit is particularly relevant to students specialising in the early years, and those seeking an early childhood perspective of pedagogy and children's learning.

Summary 2021

Unit name Play, Pedagogy and Learning
Unit code ESH345
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education

Sarah Boardman

Teaching staff

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Justify the role of play in children's development and learning.
  2. Critically analyse play based explorations.
  3. Evaluate and design play based explorations.
  4. Synthesise information in an appropriate style, which include the use of APA referencing and academic writing conventions.





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Teaching Pattern

Online students: Fully online with weekly tasks and readings


Task 1: Online Quiz, 15 – 20 minutes approximately (hurdle task)

Task 2: Individual A3 poster plan and 1400 words rationale (50% total)

Task 3: Essay, play and EC educators, 2000 words (50%)

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