Can I Join in? Understanding Children’s Participation in Play

Anne-Lene Sand, Jens-Ole Jensen, Helle Marie Skovbjerg, Hanne Hede Jørgensen

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Based on a design-based research project and ethnographic observations of children’s play in school and after-school activities, the paper analyses how children participate in play. Using participatory sense-making (De Jaegher & Di Paolo, 2007) the main contribution of this paper is to show diversity in sensory, playful participation in children’s play, and emphasise the importance of paying attention to the not spoken, sensory, embodied movements that children share when playing. The analysis illustrates that children participate in play through a sensory engagement, which is short, intense and not spoken, and by taking part in other children’s and adults’ participatory approaches
TidsskriftNordic Studies in Education
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)272-289
Antal sider18
StatusUdgivet - 18 dec. 2023


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