Enhancing Children’s Competencies in Playful Learning

Pirkko Tellervo Siklander, Aili Helenius, Eeva Hujala

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Chapter objectives
Study of this chapter enables the reader to understand that:
* the aim in playing and learning is to develop competencies
* children, parents and educators perceive and comprehend play from different perspectives, which should be taken into account when designing a playful learning curriculum
* educators should reflect their playfulness and develop methods, environments and contents to provide mature play
* mature play steers to playful learning, and provides learning opportunities for children and educators; mature play integrates play with learning and defines the quality of play in early learning contexts; mature play is multifaceted and provides possibilities for embodiment, emotions, collaboration, action, narration, creativity and insight
* children are seen as active meaning- makers and agents who use the whole body for learning and playing
* all children need support, and playful learning can enhance children’s efficacious agency and selfregulation skills
* children’s views emphasise that mature play provides opportunities for various emotional play worlds.
Translated title of the contributionLasten pystyvyyden vahvistaminen leikillisessä oppimisessa
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlay in early childhood education
Subtitle of host publicationLearning in diverse contexts
EditorsMarjory Ebbeck, Manjula Waniganayake
Place of PublicationSouth Melbourne
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)978-0-19-030321-1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


  • playful learning
  • Childhood
  • competence
  • children
  • playful teaching

Field of science

  • General education


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