Researching Play & Development

Subject 472-221 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Fifteen hours of intensive contact supported by structured materials for private study
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Kay Margetts
Subject Overview:

Research concerning the role of play in learning from early exploratory play to complex cooperative, symbolic play will be examined. The stages of play development in the social, cognitive and linguistic domains will be outlined, drawing on the foundation research of Parten and Piaget and contrasted with more recent research. The processes by which play becomes more sophisticated and the role it plays in social and cognitive development will be studied with particular emphasis on the role of adults and peers in play development. Research on gender and class differences and the effect of disability on play behaviour will also be explored. Students will draw on different research-based models of play to evaluate the appropriateness of developmental scales of play behaviour to monitor the development of young children and plan their learning experiences.

Assessment: A 2-hour examination and a research project based on observations of children's play, equivalent to 2000 words.Resources provided to distance students: Students will be provided with a course handbook, subject guide, study guide and a book of readings.
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:Children, Play and Development (F Hughes), (2nd edn), Allyn and Bacon, 1995
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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