Children's Learning (The Role of Play) OpenCourseWare: The Open University's Free Undergraduate Course on Childhood Education

Published Feb 22, 2009

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Explore the importance of play for children and the value that adults place upon it in 'The Role of Play in Children's Learning,' a free OpenCourseWare offered by The Open University. Playing as an important part of a child's social, intellectual and emotional development is analyzed in the course sections. This intermediate undergraduate course can be completed in about 15 hours and is suited for those studying childhood education.

The Role of Play in Children's Learning: Course Specifics

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The Role of Play in Children's Learning: Course Description

The term child's play is often used to describe a simple, carefree task. While child's play can indeed be a carefree experience, it is also an important way for children to gain knowledge and strengthen social skills. This OpenCourseWare looks at the role that play has on children's cognitive, creative and social development. Also analyzed are the notions of what play means to children, how play is viewed by adults and play as part of the learning curriculum. By exploring these concepts, students develop their own sense of the importance of play in childhood development.

Study materials are available free online. If you are interested in taking this course, visit the role of play course page.

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