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Play-based learning and intentional teaching

  • DATE:   Tuesday 27 June 2017

  • PRESENTED BY:   Professor Susan Edwards

COST:    $35 per person

SUITABLE FOR:  Educators working in Early Childhood Services

  • Play-based learning is a cornerstone of early childhood education provision.  Play provides opportunities for young children to explore ideas, experiement with materials and express new understandings.  International and national research highlights the value of sustained and reflective interactions between children and educators in promoting chidren's learning.

Overseas, the movement towards quality play-based pedagogy reflects debate and policy initiatives captured by the notion of intentional teaching.  In Australia, the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) makes explicit reference to intentional teaching.  Intentional teaching arguably engages educators and children in shared thinking and problem solving to build young children's learning outcomes.  However, the pedagogical relationship between play-based learning and intentional teaching remains difficult to conceptualise.  This is because the value placed on the exploratory potential of play-based learning can appear to be at odds with the role of intentional teaching in promoting knowledge development.

This presentation reaches beyond binary constructs of play and intentional teaching, and invites consideration of a new Pedagogical Play-framework for inspiring pedagogical and curriculum innovation in the early years.

Learning outcomes:

  • - Understand the relationship between open-ended play and intentional teaching
  • - Consider the role of the Pedagogical Play-framework in play-based learning with young children


  • Karralyka Centre
    Mines Road, Ringwood, Vic 3134
  • Contact Details

  • Cathie Wills 
    Email:    childrens.services.events@maroondah.vic.gov.au 
    Phone:  9294 5740

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