Title- with reference to classroom practice discuss the ways in which developmental theories have shaped or could shape educational thinking on play and social development.
explore the relationships between theory, education and classroom practice within your chosen area. This essay will offer you the opportunity to evidence your ability to both understand theoretical concepts and conflicts and how those are transferred to practice. It will also demand a much broader reading base than covered in the lecture and seminar slots, as you seek to extend beyond the basics given you and develop ideas from contemporary thinking and research.
You need to show your understanding of theoretical concepts and conflicts. So evaluate, show your understandings, be critical, critique, reference and then explain the point just made and expend on the point and avoid one dimensional approaches and use alternative references.
What is play and explain the six theories of play (there will be an attachment included that explains the 6 theories of play do not copy the words from that).
Talk about six theories of play and link play to learning and how they are applied. Be critical and expend on the points.
Talk about how some schools don’t have specific teachers hired teaching play learning, but Cambridge have hired a professor of play. Talk about the history on how people used to learn, now there’s learners who learn by play. Link this all to play and social development and be critical and expend on all the points made. Don’t just state it, if you state It then explain it and be critical and go in and link it all like link one thing to another and evaluate and expend the point.
You need to contrast play.
What the benefits with play? What it contributes? Developments? Promotes?
You need to create conflict, so talk about how there’s people out there that disagrees with play and people that agrees with play. Like natural learner’s vs play.
Talk about how people disagree with play and think play is a luxury etc. and that people should learn naturally from books etc.
Be critical and expend on these points, critique this, avoid one dimensional approaches, give references and alternative references to create conflict like one persons said this and another person said this and expend on the points, critique this, be critical and explain in your own words and link it all.
Include theories like piagets, Vygotsky, mead, and cognitive development. don’t just mention or state them be critical and link them to learning and play and their thoughts and expend on the points and link them.
Answer the title as well and link it to all.
Attachments called “PowerPoint of play” will help with task, do not copy the words from that. And do not copy the words from this.
Assessment Criteria for all written submissions
- Knowledge and Understanding
- Use of Evidence and Breadth of Reading
- Evaluation and Interpretation
- Presentation, including writing, grammar and spelling, citation and referencing
The following outline of the marking criteria may prove useful as a checklist to ensure your work is covering all the areas it should.
- 1. Knowledge and Understanding
You must demonstrate your depth of knowledge and understanding through engagement with key concepts and thinkers. You should use the materials introduced throughout the module as your framework and then go beyond these resources and undertake your own research, the depth of which will support your demonstrated knowledge and understanding. Your ability to critically evaluate, interpret, discuss and challenge ideas will also denote your level of knowledge and understanding.
- 2. Use of Evidence
You need to show that you have read widely and that you can use the evidence from your reading to support your arguments and claims. Make use of class materials and reading lists, as well as your own independent research to provide support for your work. Evidence may come from academic books, but also from journal articles, and perhaps resources such as TES and the Education edition of The Guardian. Distinguish between primary texts; written by the educational theorists, and secondary texts; written about those theories and theorists, those which summarise theories and make judgements on them. Try to use a range of evidence, and try to ensure research and data is contemporary; since 2010. Most importantly, ensure you are using evidence effectively to develop, evaluate and support your argument.
- 3. Evaluation and Interpretation
This is about the extent that you can engage critically with the material you read and present. You need to develop a coherent argument that is supported with evidence. Consider alternative arguments and justify why your position is more convincing or valid. When using evidence, think about the strengths and limitations of the claims made and try to reflect on the success of the arguments that have been employed. Try to be critical rather than taking these claims as fact. The most sophisticated evaluations will offer some synthesis; evidence that you have taken ideas and done something with them to produce an independent and, to some extent, original piece of work.
- 4. Presentation
This is communicating effectively through the written word. In written work this includes spelling, grammar, punctuation, layout, sentence structure, use of words, and, most importantly, fluency; the narrative flow. Quotes should be used to support claims and should be presented in an accurate manner. Use of sentences, paragraphs, introductions and conclusions are essential to a well-presented piece of writing.
You must ensure that you acknowledge any work that you paraphrase or quote directly using the appropriate Harvard referencing system. It is important that you do this accurately and thoroughly in order to demonstrate a piece of high quality academic work. Plagiarism is totally unacceptable and will be detected via Turnitin.