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    Identifying and characterizing risky play in the age one-to-three years

    Kleppe, R. and Melhuish, Edward C. and Sandseter, E.B.H. (2017) Identifying and characterizing risky play in the age one-to-three years. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal 25 (3), pp. 370-385. ISSN 1350-293X.

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    While research has investigated risk-taking in play for children from the age of four years upwards, less is known of risky play with children under four years. A small-scale observational study with children from five childcare settings with differing characteristics was undertaken to explore the occurrence and characteristics of risky play for children under four years of age, in relation to the current understanding of risky play. The study found similarities across the different contexts, which seem to reflect the characteristics of risky play for children aged one to three years. The findings suggest that the existing definition and characteristics of risky play are appropriate for two- and three-year-old children, but for one-year-olds, the study found discrepancies indicating deviations from existing definitions, indicating that the concept may not be so useful for this age group. To develop understanding of risky play, this article suggests new categories and an adapted definition.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): risky play, exploratory play, children under three, one-year-olds, exploratory study
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2017 13:02
    Last Modified: 13 Jun 2021 11:43


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