Comparison and Contrast of the Religions of the West to the Religions of the East

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Needham, M, & Jackson, D (2012) 'Stay and Play or Play and Chat; Comparing Roles and Purposes in Case Studies of English and Australian Supported Playgroups', European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, vol.20, no 2, pp. 163-176.


There is great international social cultural interest in understanding interactions between parents and children during play. In this article, Needham and Jackson explore the English Parent-Toddler groups and Australian supported playgroups with a view to establish similarities between the two from the perspectives of service users (parents) and practitioners (facilitators). Both authors attempt to look at the environment that is created for parents and their children to meet together and share play and ideas with practitioners. The study is based on five case studies of parent and child play sessions, two in England and three in Australia and engaged families with children ranging from 0 to 5 years old. It begins with an initial assessment of the feasibility of any comparison in the settings being studied as well as assessing the purposes and roles of participants in the study drawing on Bronfenbrener’s ecological model and of social cultural approach to compare the purposes, tools and roles of these participants. Qualitative multi-case methodology is used in both countries to generate data to inform the ‘why and how’ of the groups and examine closely the place of these groups in the context of early childhood education and identify how they contribute to valued outcomes for children.
The article then pays brief attention to the theoretical aspect of the Australian playgroup model and stipulates the development of the English parent-Toddler groups. It then follows on to compare perspectives of parents’ and Practitioners perceptions of the purpose of the playgroups and…...

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