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EDE2010 Childhood, Play and Play-based Learning

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 17 May 2022


Pre-requisite: ECF1100 and (EHF1100 or CMS1000 or EDC1200 or EDC1000) and
Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BECH or BEED


Play is a complex phenomenon with multiple functions in the lives of children. Theories of play from a range of disciplines contend that play occupies a central role in children’s development, communication and participation in cultural life, arguing that play is an important means by which children learn about self, others and the material and social world they inhabit. The United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child recognises children’s right to play, and in the Australian context, play-based learning is given specific emphasis in policies pertaining to early childhood education and care. Early childhood educators require knowledge of theories and functions of play in its multiple forms in order to design learning environments and activities that maximise children’s opportunities for self- and peer-initiated play and play-based learning activities.

This course considers theories of play and their relationship to theories of childhood derived from a range of disciplines. The course introduces the functions, meanings and significance of play in children's lives, and considers the ways that gender, social class and culture shape the everyday forms and functions of play. Emphasis will be given to the role of play in early development, reasoning and communication; the cultural organization of play; the potential of play for enhancing learning, creativity, curiosity and inquiry; and the implications of play for children's participation in and contribution to the relationships and cultures of which they are part. Pre-service educators will be introduced to principles of pedagogy and curriculum that underpin the design of learning activities and environments that are conducive to child-initiated and adult-facilitated play and play-based learning.

A professional experience placement is attached to this course. Bachelor of Education (EC) pre-service educators will complete a 10 day professional experience. For full details of the Professional Experience particulars, please refer to the Professional Experience website and the Professional Experience Book.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 External
Date printed 17 May 2022