This chapter combines contemporary research from studies informed by theories of child development (Mode 1) and theoretically diverse interpretations (Mode 2) to generate new insights into children's very early play activities. Together, these studies describe and construct detailed, comprehensive and convincing analyses and accounts of infant and toddlers' play in structured environments and in early childhood settings, with parents, adults, educators, and other children. By conceptualising Mode 1 and Mode 2 studies as complementary, this chapter presents a breadth and depth of insights into the relationality, capability and agency of infants and toddlers in their play. It underscores the importance of continuing to expand the disciplinary, methodological and theoretical resources employed in researching infants' and toddler's play.
|Title of host publication||The Sage handbook of play and learning in early childhood.|
|Editors||Liz Brooker, Mindy Blaise, Susan Edwards|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||SAGE Publications Ltd|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|