PW23 Teaching games in the early years: Weaving complexivist and play discourses

Chair: Hussain, H.GYM 5
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Hussain, H.
Teaching games in the early years: Weaving complexivist and play discourses
This practical paper invites you to consider a teaching approach that draws on and supports complexivist and play discourses in fostering young children’s learning in, through and about games in the early years (3-8 years old). The approach focuses on supporting children to learn the nature of games as socially-constructed activities with some explicit rules that are agreed upon by players. It is underpinned by complexivist discourse in two ways. Firstly, it emphasises creating an enabling constraint in the form of a structured and flexible framework to guide teachers and children to play games in many different and shared ways. Secondly, it encourages fostering interactions among children and teachers to enable ideas and activities to be shared and tinkered with in order to generate new possibilities in games teaching and learning. This emphasis on generating new possibilities is consistent with Esposito’s (1995) definition of play as an encounter with possibilities. Generating new possibilities emerges from children and teachers co-exploring and co-creating game experiences that are meaningful to both while enabling children to experience and learn game-related concepts such as game structure and game design. I draw on the play concepts of inside-out and outside-in perspectives to argue that this teaching approach simultaneously values both perspectives. The inside-out perspectives of players relates to the focus on meaningful game experiences while the outside-in perspectives of games education relates to the focus on learning game structure and design. I share examples from my research that contributed to the development of this approach and invite you to consider new possibilities for games education in the early years.

July 20, 2016

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July 19, 2016

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July 04, 2016

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June 03, 2016

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April 26, 2016

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February 03, 2016

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January 18, 2016

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