Play, learning, and children's development: Everyday life in families and transition to school

Mariane Hedegaard, Marilyn Fleer

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    This book explores the dynamics in children's everyday lives as they move between school and the family, with particular consideration of how children's motives change in response new challenges. Professors Mariane Hedegaard and Marilyn Fleer follow four children, two from Australia and two from Denmark, over a twelve-month period. Using these case studies, they show how children's everyday activities, play, and the demands of both family and educational contexts influence their learning and development. The authors contribute to a sociocultural theory formulation that includes the child's perspective in cultural historical contexts. Their approach yields insights that transcend specific nationalities, cultures, and socioeconomic situations. The analysis shows not just how children's family life shapes their experiences in school, but how schools influence and shape their lives at home.

    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationCambridge UK
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    Number of pages231
    ISBN (Electronic)9781139236744
    ISBN (Print)9781107028647
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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