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Siklander, Pirkko; Ernst, Julie; Storli, Rune (2020) Young children’s perspectives regarding rough and tumble play : a systematic review. Journal of Early Childhood Education Research; Vol 9(2), p. 551-572.

Young children’s perspectives regarding rough and tumble play : a systematic review

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Author: Siklander, Pirkko1; Ernst, Julie2; Storli, Rune3
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Finland
2University of Minnesota Duluth, U.S.A
3Queen Maud University, Norway
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Suomen varhaiskasvatus, 2020
Publish Date: 2021-02-15


Play types and play environments often are influenced by adults, with children having little agency in organizing their own play. This is particularly illustrated in the context of rough and tumble play (RT), which is a type of play pursued by children, but often discouraged by adults. When adults prohibit RT play, they limit opportunities for children to benefit from the outcomes associated with this form of play. A systematic review of literature was conducted toward understanding children’s perspectives regarding RT play and how children have been included in RT research. The results suggest, despite having several roles in RT research, thereis a noticeable absence of children’s perspectives on RT play. This absence points to a need for research that captures children’s perspectives on specifically RTplay in ways that involve children not just as the subjects of observations, but as active participants with voices, preferences, ideas, and agency.

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Series: Journal of early childhood education research
ISSN: 2323-7414
ISSN-E: 2323-7414
ISSN-L: 2323-7414
Volume: 9
Issue: 2
Pages: 551 - 572
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Copyright information: © 2020 Pirkko Siklander, Julie Ernst, and Rune Storli & Suomen Varhaiskasvatus ry. –Early Childhood Education Association Finland.