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 video, which was filmed at an Arizona State University preschool.