Young children playing together: A choice of engagement

Anderson, Babs (2017) Young children playing together: A choice of engagement. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. ISSN ISSN: 1350-293X, ESSN: 1752-1807

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This article highlights the findings of an empirical research project, using an ethnographic approach, taking place over one academic year. It investigates the different forms of engagement that children may present, when acting in free play situations in a nursery in NW England, without direct adult intervention. This range of engagement includes passive, intermittent and two forms of cooperative play, termed divergent and convergent. In the latter, children developed collaborations, using inter-subjectivity, through a series of phases. In this form of engagement, young children are able to develop and sustain play episodes, particularly where they are familiar and friendly with their play partner. Young children playing in peer dyads are the most common grouping for convergent play to occur, although the exclusivity of this grouping may appear to contradict practitioners’ pro-social agendas.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article which will be published by Taylor & Francis in European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, available online:"
Keywords: Collaboration, Early Childhood, Inter-subjectivity, peer engagement, shared play,
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Early Childhood
Depositing User: Philippa Williams
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2017 08:37
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2020 15:30

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