Early years development and the formation of meaning, intention and behavior
Robinson, Margherita Maria Rosina 2008. Early years development and the formation of meaning, intention and behavior. PhD Thesis University of East London School of Law and Social Sciences
|Authors||Robinson, Margherita Maria Rosina|
This thesis builds on three guiding hypotheses. Firstly, that the capacity for age appropriate play provides a valid and robust medium for the assessment of a child's current levels of developmental maturation. The second, that the trajectory of physical, emotional, social and cognitive
This study therefore incorporates an analysis of an empirical, observational study of a play situation
The first possibility was explored via a theoretical synthesis of research findings from a range of sources. A focus age range of 7-12 months was chosen for this exploration because of its identification as an important phase in overall development. The second possibility invited the reexamination of current surveillance of this age range which led to the design of an alternative
This work has therefore provided the framework for considering development through a more holistic lens and has lent support to the hypotheses, i.e. that assessments which are based on an integrated view of development and incorporate play based activities are potentially highly sensitive and informative of levels of maturation.
Finally it is suggested that this style of assessment supports the implementation and application of theoretical information in practice for those professionals working in early years.
|Keywords||Play in development; Human development; Emotional development|
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|Deposited||13 Jan 2014|
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