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Vygotsky's theories of play, imagination and creativity in current practice: Gunilla Lindqvist's "creative pedagogy of play" in U. S. kindergartens and Swedish Reggio-Emilia inspired preschools
Jönköping University.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9547-2892
City University of New York, New York, USA.
2014 (English)In: Perspectiva, ISSN 0102-5473, E-ISSN 2175-795X, Vol. 32, no 3, p. 919-950Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The ideal of modern western childhood, with its emphasis on the innocence and malleability of children, has combined with various social conditions to promote adult's direction of children's play towards adult-determined developmental goals, and adult's protection of children's play from adults. However, new forms of play, in which adults actively enter into the fantasy play of young children as a means of promoting the development and quality of life of both adults and children, have recently emerged in several countries (Sweden, Serbia (the former Yugoslavia), Finland, Japan and the United States). In this paper we discuss the theoretical support for this new form of activity: we argue that Gunilla Lindqvist's reinterpretation of Vygotsky's theory of play, with its emphasis on the creative quality of play, is unique amongst contemporary Western European and American theories of play. And we describe a series of formative interventions that are both instantiations of this new form of activity and an investigation of its theoretical support, which are being conducted in the United States and Sweden. Researchers at the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition at the University of California, San Diego have implemented and studied Lindqvist's creative pedagogy of play in U.S. early childhood public school classrooms. Over the past year the central component of this pedagogy, playworlds, has been introduced and studied in three Swedish Reggio-Emilia inspired preschools. In conclusion, some of the ëndings from these research projects are presented.

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Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina * Centro de Ciencias da Educacao , 2014. Vol. 32, no 3, p. 919-950
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Cultural-Historical Theory, Play, Early Childhood Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-38892DOI: 10.5007/2175-795X.2014v32n3p919OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-38892DiVA, id: diva2:1348198
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Playworld and exploratory learningAvailable from: 2019-09-03 Created: 2019-09-03 Last updated: 2019-09-03Bibliographically approved

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