Risk taking and play

Nikiforidou, Zoi (2013) Risk taking and play. In: Play and playing in the Early Childhood Conference book. OMEP European Scientific and Professional Conference, Zagreb, Croatia., pp. 56-61.

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Abstract

Risk is a fundamental component of play and is interconnected with all aspects of development; cognitive, social, emotional and physical. Nowadays, children get exposed to diverse risky, novice situations; thus, show a profound understanding of hazards and probabilities. Risk-taking, moving out of the comfort - safe framework in order to gain new experiences and perspectives, emerges from early childhood. Through experimentation, reasoning, challenges and errors children engage in play, interact with their environments, try their limits, advance and gain mastery over themselves and their surroundings, build up confidence, creativity and independence and explore their worlds, ideas and uncertainties. The aim of this paper is to highlight experimentally-based links on how risk-taking is a skill related to probabilistic thinking, which may lead to significant outcomes in terms of growth and learning, within the context of risk literacy. Of course, as long as children are given developmentally appropriate opportunities to test themselves and their limits through play and risk, both indoors and outdoors.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: play, probabilistic thinking, risk-taking, risk literacy
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Early Childhood
Depositing User: Zoi Nikiforidou
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2016 15:09
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2016 15:09
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1660

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