Essay about Tina Bruce - play theory

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Tina Bruce

Tina Bruce is known as a ‘Social learning theorist’ whose work has been greatly influenced by theorist Fredich Froebel. Bruce originally trained and worked as a teacher at the Froebel Institute and then went on to become Head of the Froebel nursery school. Throughout her time Bruce has become an acclaimed figure within childhood education writing many well known articles and was subsequently awarded a CBE for her services to early childhood education in 2009. (4)

Tina Bruce bases her theory around the importance of a holistic teaching approach centred on play, experiences and creativity (4). Bruce identified 10 core principles of early education.
Central to the theory is the belief that play is vital within a
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The theory sees children as being biologically programmed to play and develop with the necessity of others to initiate it. Bruce therefore shows that both biological and social aspects are important within development and of play.

The theory adapted by Bruce can be applied into a practical context in numerous ways. The idea of a Holistic approach can be practiced by allowing children to make more choices in their learning. Teachers should observe the children and find out their interests and individual needs in order to plan and create activates according to each child.
Free-flow play can be extended by the use of a play house/home corner. The corner could be made into for example a shop. The children would be able to make use of the costumes and props allowing to them to engage in role play, use their imagination and play by their own means. Allowing free flow play to happen, the environment and layout of the context is crucial component. It is important to ensure that there is enough space to allow children to move freely and that all resources are available. There is an element of structure in that the playhouse would have to be set up as well as the classroom- but once set up the child has the freedom to play by their own accordance.
Free flow play could also be implemented into practice by allowing a child to freely

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