This course invites educators to reconsider existing conceptualisations about the purpose of play to consider processes that involve internal representation that is specific to cultural and individual ethnic identity contexts. Described as a period in which children learn the language of their culture, Vygotskian theorisation suggests that between the ages of two to eight years learning about culture and ethnicity can be seen in children’s play. Whilst it may be challenging to clearly define Play, when we observe children in ‘play based settings’ there is a consensus of agreement that it is an important vehicle in which young children develop, learn, and explore socially constructed ideas from wider society.
Using play as a mediation tool for connecting ideas about how children choose to share and co-construct knowledge about their ethnic identity the course provides educators with an opportunity to consider the resources utilised within provision that facilitate discourse surrounding a raced and ethnic identity with young children.
Aims and objectives - Delegates will have opportunities to:
- Develop awareness and understanding about play and its potential to act as a:
• powerful ‘bridge’ between children’s home and ‘school’ (Broadhead and Burt, 2012);
• mediation tool in interactions between peers and practitioners when co-constructing knowledge about ethnicity.
- Explore how resources can influence children’s conscious and unconscious beliefs about culture and ethnicity.
Trainer: Sharon Colilles