Moral imagination: creating affective values through toddlers' joint play

Liang Li, Avis Ridgway, Gloria Quiñones

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    There has been a major international focus on researching young children's play and pedagogical support for learning. However, less attention has been given to the role of moral imagination and the way it supports toddlers' joint play. Moral imagination, arguably, is important for the acknowledgement of toddlers' present perspectives and is needed to address challenges and conflicts in joint play. Adults with the capacity to create affective values regarding toddlers' motives in play, encourage and sustain joint play for learning. By analysing an example of toddlers' joint play with supportive adult engagement, this article investigates how moral imagination enables initiation and sustenance of joint play that also reshapes adult engagement.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number100435
    Number of pages9
    JournalLearning, Culture and Social Interaction
    Issue numberPart B
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021


    • Adults
    • Affective values
    • Joint play
    • Moral imagination
    • Toddlers

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