Notre Dame academics launch book on play

Editors and contributors celebrate the official launch of
Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Play from Birth and Beyond.

13 December 2017

Children are not the only ones to gain lifelong benefits from play. Play should extend far beyond childhood into adulthood, according to a book launched at the University of Notre Dame Australia on 8 December.

Speaking at the book launch for Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Play from Birth and Beyond in Sydney, Notre Dame’s Pro Vice Chancellor Academic Professor Margot Kearns, said adult play is a proven means of boosting creativity and productivity.

“Play is vital to our wellbeing – it keeps us youthful,” said Professor Kearns, adding “I have always tried to incorporate play into my daily life.”

Co-editor of the book, Professor Sandra Lynch, commented that “many theorists argue play is essential to human flourishing at all stages of life”.

The book combines the work of leading researchers in the field of early childhood education with contributions from distinguished and emerging scholars in specific areas including education, theatre studies, architecture, literature, philosophy, cultural studies, theology and creative arts.

It also looks at how ideas of play evolve as children increasingly interact with popular culture and technology, and how play is changing our work spaces, teaching practices and learning environments.

Lisa Buxton, a Ngandowal woman and Leader of Learning in Aboriginal Education with Sydney Catholic Schools, was also on hand to formally launch the book and discuss the role of play in her approach to teaching.

“In Aboriginal ways of being, teachers are the ones who have been on the journey before they act as guides for young people, to open doors ahead, to facilitate the learning process, to unlock each little one’s potential,” said Buxton.

Editors: Professor Sandra Lynch, Dr Deborah Pike and Dr Cynthia a’Beckett. Contributors: Assoc. Prof Angus Brook, Professor Susan Danby, Dr Christina Davidson, Professor Bronwyn Davies, Professor Marilyn Fleer, Dr Cathie Harrison, Sandra Houen, Dr Anna Kamaralli, Dr Anne Kultti, Assoc. Prof Bem Le Hunte, Professor Marguerite Maher, Dr Ari Mattes, Genevieve Murray, Assoc. Prof Camilla Nelson, Assoc. Prof Dee O'Connor, Denise Proud, Christine Robinson, Professor Ingrid Pramling- Samuelsson, Dr Stephanie Smith, Dr Kathleen Tait, Dr Maryanne Theobald, Professor Karen Thorpe, and Fiona Young.

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