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'Well, I've Not Done Any Work Today. I Don't Know Why I Came to School'. Perceptions of Play in the Reception Class

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The place of play in the education of young children has been the focus of much interest in the past. But the findings from this research project demonstrate that there remains a significant amount of confusion about the role that play has in young children's education. In particular we found that there is a clear distinction between the rhetoric and reality of play in the reception class. Further, there was evidence of real anguish for some early years workers who were failing to offer the play activities that they knew should be provided. These findings are particularly interesting at present, since the debate on the role of play has once again emerged as fundamental in the attempt to define a curriculum appropriate to the needs of the 3-6 year olds who, from the year 2000, will be required to work within the highly contentious Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: The Manchester Metropolitan University, Crewe School of Education, Crewe, Cheshire CW1 5DU, UK

Publication date: 2000-12-01

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