Innovation in early childhood and primary education

G. Fragkiadaki, M. Fleer, P. Rai

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Early childhood and primary education are in a continuous search for innovation for the quality improvement of learning experiences during everyday educational reality. A wide range of important ideas, views, and suggestions coming from different disciplines, several theoretical standpoints, and diverse perspectives have been introduced over time. However, does innovation need to be a complex newcomer? This paper suggests that innovation lies behind the essentials of childhood, such as play and imagination. The paper seeks to explore play and imagination as critical aspects of a child's learning and development. Conceptual PlayWorlds as a collective model of practice for the development of play and imagination are introduced. The study suggests that quality learning experiences with advanced learning outcomes can emerge through children’s imaginary play. An indicative case example of learning and development in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is presented. The paper concludes with an overview of the essence and the qualities of a play-based pedagogy that can support everyday educational practice and inform policy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducational Innovation in Society 5.0 Era: Challenges and Opportunities
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Current Issues in Education (ICCIE 2020), Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 3 - 4 October 2020
EditorsYoppy Wahyu Purnomo, Herwin
Place of PublicationThe Netherlands
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781003206019
ISBN (Print)9781032053929, 9781032072319
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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