The purpose of this discussion is to examine theories of play and begin developing a personal framework of play. Throughout the course, and culminating in the Week Five Final Paper, you will develop and refine a personal framework of play. To develop this personal framework of play, first identify and evaluate theories of play to determine those that most closely align with your values and beliefs regarding the role of play in children’s growth and development. Next, consider whether you believe that play is a natural part of childhood with educational benefits.
Prepare for this discussion by first reading Chapter 1 in the course text. Next, review the Theories of Play article on California State University – Northridge’s website and view the Play Theory (Links to an external site.) video (for a transcript of the video please click here), which was filmed at an Arizona State University preschool.
Initial Post: Select two or more theories that explain the role of play in children’s growth and development. Next, construct a paragraph in which you identify the theories chosen, describe how the selected theories align with your personal philosophy of play, and discuss how you plan to apply the selected theories in your educational work with children. Use the course text and one additional scholarly source to support your chosen theories. Cite your sources within the body of your post and provide complete references in APA format as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.) at the end of your post.