Play-based learning: Using the Pedagogical Play-framework

By Professor Susan Edwards



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Prof. Susan Edwards
Susan Edwards is a Professor in Early Childhood Education at the Australian Catholic University, Learning Sciences Institute of Australia. Her research investigates the role of play-based learning in the early childhood curriculum.


Play-based learning is a cornerstone of early childhood education. In recent years, the concept of intentional teaching has also gained momentum. This on-demand webinar discusses a new approach to balancing open-ended play with intentional teaching, using the Pedagogical Play-framework. According to the framework, three main types of play—open-ended, modelled and purposefully framed—can be used in multiple combinations to support young children’s learning.


This on-demand webinar will:

  • help you understand the Pedagogical Play-framework and the relationship between open-ended, modelled and purposefully framed play
  • introduce you to the theoretical ideas in the work of Vygotsky that underpin the Pedagogical Play-framework.


Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes