Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Play from Birth and Beyond

  • Sandra Lynch
  • Deborah Pike
  • Cynthia à Beckett

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Cynthia à Beckett, Sandra Lynch, Deborah Pike
    Pages 1-22
  3. The Value of Play

  4. Play Beyond Early Childhood

  5. Sociocultural Context, Technology and Consumerism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Bronwyn Davies
      Pages 207-216
    3. Anne Kultti, Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson
      Pages 217-230
    4. Susan Danby, Christina Davidson, Maryanne Theobald, Sandra Houen, Karen Thorpe
      Pages 231-245
    5. Camilla Nelson, Ari Mattes
      Pages 265-279
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 281-294

About this book


While firmly acknowledging the importance of play in early childhood, this book interrogates the assumption that play is a birthright. It pushes beyond traditional understandings of play to ask questions such as: what is the relationship between play and the arts – theatre, music and philosophy – and between play and wellbeing? How is play relevant to educational practice in the rapidly changing circumstances of today’s world? What do Australian Aboriginal conceptions of play have to offer understandings of play?

The book examines how ideas of play evolve as children increasingly interact with popular culture and technology, and how developing notions of play have changed our work spaces, teaching practices, curricula, and learning environments, as well as our understanding of relationships between children and adults. This multidisciplinary volume on the subject of play combines the work of some of the world’s leading researchers in the field of early childhood education with contributions from distinguished and emerging scholars in areas as diverse as education, theatre studies, architecture, literature, philosophy, cultural studies, theology and the creative arts. Reconsidering the common focus on play in early education, to investigate its broader impact, this collection offers a refreshing and valuable addition to studies on play, reconceptualizing it for the 21st century.


Adult play Architectural space Childhood play Consumerist play Cultural development Cultural-historical activity theory Donald Winnicott Drama pedagogy Early childhood education Gaming culture Inclusive Education Indigenous play Multi-disciplinary framework Play and the sacred Play-based learning Professional practice Student engagement Teacher engagement Understandings of play Virtue and play

Editors and affiliations

  • Sandra Lynch
    • 1
  • Deborah Pike
    • 2
  • Cynthia à Beckett
    • 3
  1. 1.The University of Notre Dame AustraliaSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.The University of Notre Dame AustraliaSydneyAustralia
  3. 3.The University of Notre Dame AustraliaSydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-2641-6
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-2643-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2468-8746
  • Series Online ISSN 2468-8754
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