Theorising Play


In order to complete the assignment, follow the steps given below:

– Read the set weekly reading for the Critical Review Assignment. See the Teaching Schedule of this Learning

Guide. These readings can be accessed only from your text book . They are not available online. Therefore,

you MUST buy the textbook ASAP. Do not buy a second hand copy of this book or the 2013 edition . The

prescribed text book is dated 2017, second edition.

– Start with skimming each reading and identify the main points and the overall arguments of the author in each


– Read the reading again critically to identify the main points, and theory that supports those points and the

evidence that the author used to support the main points.

– Identify and discuss the implications of the main points presented in each reading for promoting children’s

play, development and learning and for families’ and educators’ practices.

– Write your review for each reading using the template given below, covering all sub- headings in the template.

Write in full sentences in each section. Do not write in bullet points.

– Edit and correct all writing, spelling, in-text citation, and referencing errors. Ensure all assessment standards

are addressed in the review. Submit, the draft 1200-word review to Turnitin in a single file/document. Submit

the final copy of 1200-word review to Turnitin as a single file on the final due date.

The headings for writing the Critical Review of weekly readings are in a template. See vUWS site for a word copy of

the template with more details on what to write under each sub-heading.

  1. Chapter details: Provide details for each Chapter. See APA guide on how to reference a chapter in a text book.
  2. Purpose/s: What is the author trying to achieve in this set reading? Is it to persuade readers and/or inform or

describe or challenge their ideas and assumptions about children’s play/development/learning? Write in full sentences

in each section. Do not write in bullet points.

  1. Main points: What are the main points of this reading? Choose one or two main points to focus in depth on


4.Theoretical support: Which theory or theories support the main points you chose to discuss in each reading?

  1. Conclusions: What are the conclusions of this reading? YOU MUST PRESENT AUTHOR’S CONCLUSIONS,


6.Implications: What did you learn from this reading and how would you apply this knowledge into practice? Think

about the practical application of the main points for promoting children’s play, development and learning and for

families and educators’ practices with specific example/s. MAKE SURE YOU PROVIDE SPECIFIC IMPLICATIONS.

This template is adapted from a presentation on In-depth Reading by Dr. Neera Henderson (2014) – Academic

Writing Support Staff- Western Sydney University.

Assessment criteria:

– Clear identification of purpose/s and clearly drawn conclusions from each set reading.

– Clear identification and discussion of the main point/s using the literature presented in each set reading.

– Clear identification of theory that supports the main point/s in each set reading.

– Clearly drawn implications for children’s play/development/learning and for families and educators from each

set reading.

– Presents work professionally, with clear academic writing and within the 1200-word limit and uses the APA

referencing style correctly.


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