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Play and Learning – then and now
This article focuses on the problem of an ongoing contradiction between play and learning expressed in early childhood education. This ‘either or’ understanding is both wrong, and unproductive. A short review of Fröbel’s educational view shows a double view, which also to a certain extent is present in Danish reform education in the first part of the nineteenth century. However, the unity of play and learning disappeared during 1970s and 1980s where teaching and learning dominated without a strong perspective on play. Fortunately we saw a ‘play and learning’ turn during the 1990s, which gain a foothold up to now, where there is a kind of agreement of a pedagogy, which unit play and learning, often expressed by use of a so-called playworld approach. Finally, the author elaborates the playworld idea in the light of science education and a pedagogy for sustainability.
TidsskriftPædagogisk Psykologisk Tidsskrift
Sider (fra-til)123-130
Antal sider8
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2020


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