Playful Words: the educational significance of children's linguistic and literary play

FORUM - ISSN 0963-8253
Volume 51 Number 2 (2009)

Playful Words: the educational significance of children's linguistic and literary play
MICHAEL ARMSTRONG, pages 165-184
DOI: 10.2304/forum.2009.51.2.165

Abstract

This article is the text of a keynote address given to the North Dakota Study Group on Evaluation at its annual conference in Chicago in February 2009. Three examples of children's linguistic and literary playfulness are examined, two from England and one from the USA. The article explores the radical implications of these examples for primary education, identifying four values in particular that children's literary play calls for: empathy, freedom of time and space, conversation, and documentation.

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MICHAEL ARMSTRONG (2009) Playful Words: the educational significance of children's linguistic and literary play, FORUM, 51(2), 165-184

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