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We’ve rounded up a set of high-quality play resources for you to explore. The library houses a collection of links that will take you to peer-reviewed publications, videos of play experts, and websites that may be of interest to you.

You can use the filters below to find the resources that best match your interests. The library can be sorted by format (journal papers, videos, blogs etc.), child age, and type of play.

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The Future of Learning
Title: The Future of Learning
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Publication year: 2012
Date: 28/07/2022
Born Creative – Creative learning in the early years is not just child’s play

Supporters of creative learning argue that it is both more in tune with how children naturally learn and is better preparation for the modern economy. The previous government emphasised the importance of creativity for good teaching and learning, particularly in the early years. The reining in of public finances, combined with skepticism towards the role […]

Title: Born Creative – Creative learning in the early years is not just child’s play
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Supporters of creative learning argue that it is both more in tune with how children naturally learn and is better preparation for the modern economy. The previous government emphasised the importance of creativity for good teaching and learning, particularly in the early years. The reining in of public finances, combined with skepticism towards the role of government, has brought the role creativity in learning into question. Born creative explores: Can training really make early years professional more creative? Does the curriculum foster creativity? How amenable should public spaces be to young people? In a series of essays Born Creative brings together the experiences of creative practices in early years education, to show the importance of cultures, environments and networks in the enrichment of the early years learning and interrogates the role of leaders, policy and parents in creating them.

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Publication year: 2010
Date: 28/07/2022
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I made a unicorn. Open-ended play with blocks and simple materials

Open-ended play with blocks and simple materials Although children’s play just happens spontaneously, it is complex and comes in myriad forms. One universal type is open-ended play, also known as free-flow play, in which the children themselves determine what to do, how to do it, and what to use. Open-ended means not having a fixed […]

Title: I made a unicorn. Open-ended play with blocks and simple materials
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Open-ended play with blocks and simple materials Although children’s play just happens spontaneously, it is complex and comes in myriad forms. One universal type is open-ended play, also known as free-flow play, in which the children themselves determine what to do, how to do it, and what to use. Open-ended means not having a fixed answer; unrestricted; allowing for future change. In the course of such play, children have no fear of doing it wrong since there is no correct method or outcome; and observant adults are privileged with insights into children’s development and thinking. Open-ended play is intrinsic to childhood; children have an impetus to explore and create. When free to experiment with the simplest materials, they find ways to express and develop their thoughts in imaginative play.

Publication year: 2008
Date: 28/07/2022
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Skills for a Changing World: National Perspectives and the Global Movement

The Skills for a Changing World project presents evidence of a movement of education systems globally toward a more explicit focus on a broad range of skills that our 21st century society needs and demands. This movement can be seen in the vision and mission statements of education systems as well as through their curricula. […]

Title: Skills for a Changing World: National Perspectives and the Global Movement
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The Skills for a Changing World project presents evidence of a movement of education systems globally toward a more explicit focus on a broad range of skills that our 21st century society needs and demands. This movement can be seen in the vision and mission statements of education systems as well as through their curricula. Although clearly endorsed at the policy level, implementation is just beginning in some countries. The issues surrounding this, particularly in the context of within-country social and economic changes, are brought to light in this report by a study of education stakeholders in four countries—Mexico, South Africa, Kenya, and the Philippines. To read more, please click on the URL below.

Publication year: 2017
Date: 28/07/2022
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A rapid assessment of curricula for general education focusing on cross-curricular themes and generic competences or skills. Background paper for EFA Global Monitoring Report.

This paper presents the results of a quick mapping of a range of curriculum frameworks, policies and provisions around the world. The mapping shows that environmental and sustainability issues are reflected in the general goals of education in many countries and that cross-curricular themes related to environment and sustainability are one of the most common […]

Title: A rapid assessment of curricula for general education focusing on cross-curricular themes and generic competences or skills. Background paper for EFA Global Monitoring Report.
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This paper presents the results of a quick mapping of a range of curriculum frameworks, policies and provisions around the world. The mapping shows that environmental and sustainability issues are reflected in the general goals of education in many countries and that cross-curricular themes related to environment and sustainability are one of the most common transversal themes of general education curricula. It also shows that generic competences or skills are increasingly emphasised as broader learning outcomes that all students are expected to develop beyond the conventional subject-based learning. Concluding remarks highlight some of the complex and not yet resolved issues related to the implementation of these innovative approaches.

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Publication year: 2013
Date: 28/07/2022
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Page/s: 28
Cultures of Creativity

Cultures develop when people find ways to play, make, and share. This report describes how human cultures can be characterised by their similarities rather than their differences, and emphasises the importance of recognising playfulness and creativity to develop societies prepared to accommodate the rapid changes associated with technology and globalisation.

Title: Cultures of Creativity
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Cultures develop when people find ways to play, make, and share. This report describes how human cultures can be characterised by their similarities rather than their differences, and emphasises the importance of recognising playfulness and creativity to develop societies prepared to accommodate the rapid changes associated with technology and globalisation.

Publication year: 2017
Date: 28/07/2022

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