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Dear Colleague, On behalf of the Organising Committee, we cordially invite you to attend the 6th Biennial Conference of the International Froebel Society, taking place from Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th June 2014 at Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, England. Bringing together individuals and groups who share interests in enhancing learning and development through play, the conference will feature a series of key note lectures, oral presentation, poster, discussion and workshop sessions. A practitioners' conference will run in parallel at the same venue on the last day of the conference. The International Froebel Society (IFS) and Canterbury Christ Church University seek to provide an international forum for the development of the principles of educational theory and practice associated with the child-centred philosophy of Friedrich Froebel. Selected papers will be considered for publication after the conference. Conference theme The theme of the conference is "Play, Self-activity, Representation and Development". The recent significant growth in the recognition of the importance of children's play is arguably the most indicative sign of the maturity of the area of play research. It suggests that the area's broad contours, refined over several generations of scholarship, enjoy the approval of practitioners. Although play science experiences authority, the public discourses around children's play feature misunderstandings, errors and ambiguity, and open up spaces for researchers to explore. It requires an elaboration of more complex frameworks and models. The conference invites examinations of play through different disciplinary lenses - sociological, psychological, anthropological, political and pedagogical. Topics include, but are not restricted to: 1. Promoting the child's right to play Child's agency in games Politics of play Risk and play Patriarchy and play Children and commodity culture 2. Play culture in the changing world Play, games and virtual worlds Play in the classroom; Parent-child play interactions; Video games and violence 3. History of children's play Kindergarten play environments Toys from the past Froebel kindergarten Gifts Girls and boys at play 4. Therapeutic play Play and emotional learning Play therapy as a tool of diagnosis Toys in play therapy Play and well-being Construction of identity through play 5. Self-activity, Representation and Development Free choice and free play Symbolic imagination and creativity Drama, visual art and literature Play and narrative learning Thinking and problem-solving Learning through play 6. Professionalism and identity Pedagogy and challenges The role of adults in children's play Community playwork practices The rhetorics of adult Play and playwork Key Speakers Dr David Whitebread (University of Cambridge) Professor Lydia Plowman (University of Edinburgh) Associate Professor Nelleke Bakker (University of Groningen) Professor Tina Bruce CBE (University of Roehampton) Sessions Sessions will take on variety of forms: * Individual papers (20 minute) * Panel (1 hour and 30 minutes). Panel should be made up to three papers of no more than 20 minutes per each panel paper. * Workshop session (1 hour) * Poster presentation Panel proposals must include: * Title of the panel * Name, affiliation, and contact information of panel organiser * The topic and issues to be discussed in the panel * Names and affiliations of panellists (in addition to the panel organiser) who have made a commitment to participate * Paper abstracts (250 words each) * Discussant Individual paper, workshops and poster presentations * Title * Name, affiliation, and contact information of presenter/s. * Abstracts (250 words) Please email abstracts to email@example.com by 17th March 2014. Key dates 15 January 2014 Conference booking open 17 March 2014 Proposal submission deadline 15 April 2014 Lead presenters informed of session submission outcome 30 April 2014 Deadline for all presenters to have booked on to the conference May 2014 Early bird rate closes 30 May 2014 Conference booking close Registration fees Full conference fee £300 Early bird registration fee £250 Practitioners' conference fee (28 June 2014) £65 The Froebel Trust can provide some small-scale help in cases of extreme hardship. To inquire about funding, firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 18th April 2014. Registration entitlements: a. full conference fee * Entry to all conference sessions and exhibition * Ticket to the Conference Dinner 27 June * Morning and afternoon teas 26 to 28 June * Lunches 26 to 28 June * Conference materials b. Practitioners' conference fee (28 June 2014): * Entry to all conference sessions and exhibition held on Saturday 28 June 2014 * Morning and afternoon teas, 28 June * Lunch, 28 June * Conference materials Method of Payment You can book and pay online using our secure payment gateway: www.canterbury.ac.uk/education/conferences Payment of fees must accompany all registrations. No registration will be confirmed until payment is received. Payment can be made by credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club. Questions and queries about the event can be addressed to email@example.com Very best wishes, Yordanka Valkanova on behalf of the Organising Committee for the 6th Biennial Conference of the International Froebel Society 'Play, Self-activity, Representation and Development' Yordanka Valkanova Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies Department of Childhood Studies Canterbury Christ Church University Canterbury Kent CT1 1QU Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel.: 01227 767700 ext 3266 --