VKTS1039 Contemporary Perspectives on Play and Learning (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Educational Sciences
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



Up-to-date theories of and research on play, analyzing articles on play, and insights on observing, analysing and studying play. Interconnectedness of play and learning, and the importance of play in children’s culture.

Completion methods

Participation in contact teaching and/or independent study, learning assignments and/or exam. Mode of completion to be specified in the Study Programme.

Assessment details

Active participation in teaching and completing and passing learning assignments/exam.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to
- interpret and evaluate theories of and research on play
- analyse play as children’s own activity and as the content and method of early childhood education
- observe, analyze and study play
- understand different aspects of children’s play culture

Study materials

BROOKER, L., BLAISE, M. & EDWARDS, S. (eds.). 2014. The SAGE handbook of play and learning in early childhood. London: SAGE. Available: SAGE Knowledge, eBook.
Further reading to be announced.

Completion methods

Method 1

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Method 2

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Parts of the completion methods
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