Children on Playgrounds: Research Perspectives and Applications / Edition 1

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An unusual look at child developmental issues in the context of the playground--where children's interactions tend to be free and less supervised, hence more "natural." Papers are grouped into five sections which cover historical and contemporary constructed play environments, conflict on the playground, and playground behavior as it has been observed to reflect or influence peer relations, family background, and literacy development. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1 Introduction: Toward a Further Understanding of Children's Development on Playgrounds 1
Pt. I History and Theory of Outdoor Play 13
2 Historical and Contemporary Influences of Outdoor Play Environments 14
Pt. II Conflicts on Playgrounds 43
3 Conflict and Context in Peer Relations 44
4 Bullies on the Playground: The Role of Victimization 85
Pt. III Playground Behaviors and Peer Relations 129
5 Playstyles of Peer-Accepted and Peer-Rejected Children on the Playground 130
6 Patterns of Social Behavior on the Playground in 9- to 11-Year-Old Girls and Boys: Relation to Teacher Perceptions and to Peer Ratings of Aggression, Withdrawal, and Likability 162
7 Using a Wireless Transmission System to Observe Conversation and Social Interaction on the Playground 184
8 Ethnic, Gender Partner, and Activity Preferences in Mixed-Race Schools in the U.K.: Playground Observations 210
Pt. IV Family Background Influences and Children's Playground Behavior 239
9 Children's Aggressive and Socially Unskilled Playground Behavior With Peers: Origins in Early Family Relations 240
10 Parental Disciplinary Strategies and Preschoolers' Play Behavior in Playground Settings 271
Pt. V Playground Behavior and Literacy Development 315
11 When the Playground Enters the Classroom 316
12 The Role of Soccer in a Narrative Context 344
13 Themes in the Peer Relations Literature: Correspondence to Playground Interactions Portrayed in Children's Literature 371
Conclusion 417
14 Children on Playgrounds: Applying Current Knowledge to Future Practice and Inquiry 418
Indexes 433
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