London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Play, identity and inclusion

Author(s) Sandén, I.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2008  
Editor A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation  
Age group -  
This paper describes play pedagogy and its importance for children’s development of identity. Play pedagogy is of great importance for the development of security, satisfaction and joy. This method is particularly important for children in need of special support to aid their ability to learn and to work with others. An undeveloped sense of play is associated with loneliness and difficulties in participation in preschool and school activities. Data from a questionnaire given to play pedagogues is used to identify three major factors; cognitive, emotional and social. The article focuses on the concept of identity, and the possibility of becoming part of the school community and society and obtaining a feeling of inclusion and participation.

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