In this episode, Tracy Burton interviews Dr Jennifer Hart, an Associate Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast. The focus of Dr Hart’s current research is on “aggressive play behaviour” — a major component of various types of young children’s sociodramatic play such as rough-and-tumble play, superhero play, fantasy play, “bad guy” play, play fighting, and gun play. Dr Hart is interested in the perceptions and benefits of all types of aggressive play behaviour, the developmental impact this play behaviour has on young children—particularly boys—and the needed reform of state and national policies that ban such play.

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