CJE Call for Papers: Special Issue Capsule
Thinking Differently About Children’s Play
The Canadian Journal of Education invites submissions for a special capsule issue focusing on children’s play. Is play at risk in the 21st century? Much has been written on the potential for children’s play to be usurped by more rigorous academics in early childhood curricula and by the growing trend of commercialization (Gillian-Mauffette, 2009; Hill, 2011; Nicolopoulou, 2010; Trawick-Smith, 2012). This discourse prioritizes play as a means to an end, suggesting that play-based early childhood education programs lead to better learning and developmental outcomes (Bouchard, et al., 2014; Rogers & Evans, 2007). This instrumentalization of children’s play has been criticized for setting up a dichotomy between play that is encouraged and viewed as beneficial, and play that is considered illicit or inappropriate (Edmiston, 2008; Hartmann & Brougère, 2004; Sutton-Smith, 1997).
Submissions must be uploaded to CJE’s online journal system by 25 September 2015.</strong