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Clements, Fiorentino, and their contributors focus on the right of every child to experience the joy and developmental benefits derived from play. The volume brings together national and international specialists in the areas of early childhood and play leadership as well as playground manufacturers, parks and recreation directors, architects and landscape architects, child care providers, child life specialists, movement and physical educators, and parent advocates of play.

Clements and Fiorentino offer readers contemporary thoughts from more than 60 national and international specialists in the areas of early childhood and play leadership, brain research and educational psychology, as well as playground specialists, child life specialists, movement and physical educators. All works reflect the contributors' commitment to the belief in education through play or play for its own sake. The contributors also confirm the belief that play, along with the basic needs of nutrition, health, shelter, and education is vital to the development of all children.

This collection is divided into five parts: Part One addresses topics of special interest to parents and caregivers concerning definitions and the importance of play. Part Two offers information concerning curriculum development, programming, and several academic teaching issues. Topics reflecting the child's props, playthings, and play environments are blended together in Part Three. Part Four offers indepth chapters linking current research connecting brain and learning with play. Part Five contains an overview of the importance and right of all children to play.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275981716
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

RHONDA L. CLEMENTS is a Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences within the School of Education at Hofstra University, where she coordinates the Graduate Physical Education program. She is the author of seven boks on the topic of play, games, and movement activities for preschool and elementary school physical education and is crrently the president of the American Association for the Child's Right to Play (IPA/USA).

LEAH HOLLAND FIORENTINO is an Associate Professor in the Department of Movement Sciences and Physical Education at Adelphi University. She is the author of several articles on the implementation of technological applications to the teacher/coach preparation system.

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Table of Contents

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Pt. I Playful issues for parents and educators 1
1 The right to a work-free and playful childhood : a historical perspective 3
2 The moral and ethical dimensions of controlling play 9
3 Adults : an obstacle to children's self-expressive play 17
4 A brief look at fantasy play 23
5 Play and imagination as tools for building resilience 29
6 Enhancing preschoolers' school readiness through imaginative play with parents and teachers 35
7 Using audiovisual recording to observe play in preschool settings in Northern Ireland 49
8 Play as a coping strategy during a time of bombing and destruction 55
9 Play initiatives in Brazil 63
10 The status of child's play in Japan 67
11 Play of reconciliation : play between parent and child 71
12 The child's rite of play : the consequences of taming the liminal stage in contemporary rites of passage 77
Pt. II Play time 85
13 Play and cognitive development : a Piagetian perspective 89
14 Academia versus child's play : a cultural conflict in Taiwan 95
15 Dramatic play in Montessori kindergarten in Taiwan and mainland China 99
16 Play-based curriculum : a strong foundation for future learning 111
17 Simon says ... "reading is fun!" 119
18 Growing and playing naturally in India 125
19 Play doesn't need any labels : inclusive play for all children 129
20 A games model for facilitating a constructivist approach 133
21 Organized play through youth sports : a four-tier system 137
22 Bullying in schools in the North of Portugal : what we know about children 145
23 Grounding the players : social play experiences reflect school playground policies 153
24 Guidelines for managing playground risks 163
25 Assessment as an adventure activity 171
Pt. III Playthings and play spaces 175
26 Kids getting older younger : the adultification of children's play 177
27 Integration of traditional play and games to enhance learning 185
28 Creating homemade play equipment 191
29 Scandinavian Viking games 197
30 The tension between play and practice in learning a high-skill activity 203
31 Using intergenerational puppets to convey play and recreational principles 209
32 Imaginative play as a component of a multisensory art experience 211
33 Simplifying the environment : a look at the effects of open-ended materials on young minds 217
34 Multicultural dimensions of a children's play and discovery center in Arabia 221
35 The collaborative play of parents, children, and teachers in creating a diverse play space 225
36 Designing sensory play environments for children with special needs 233
37 Community mural : a visual history of field's corner in Dorchester, Massachusetts 243
Pt. IV Playful thinking and the brain 249
38 Early playful intellectuals 251
39 Rike's guided dramatic play system, the brain, and language 263
40 Imaginative play and the neurology of creative growth in infants through adults : exchanges between Elizabeth Rike and Karl Pribram 277
41 Play and the brain in comparative perspective 293
42 The beast at play : the neuroethology of creativity 309
43 A closer look at the ontological role of play 329
44 Play deprivation and juvenile violence : neuroscience, play, and child development 343
45 Educational drama and learning 347
46 Dramatic play for healing 359
47 The need for action methods in education 371
48 Nice monsters, sandcastles, and soccer : a thematic analysis of humor and play 375
Pt. V Declaration of the child's right to play 393
Index 399
About the editors and contributors 417
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2009

    Good resource for drama and language specialists

    Though older, this book offers informastion on critical issues in child development and how drama can address some of these issues. It is written from an international perspective and divided into categories with information for (1) parents & educators (2) playtime (3) play things & spaces, (4)playful thinking & the brain, and a summary. The part on playful thinking and the brain was intriguing because of how the articles explain the nuerologic need for play in the development of young minds.

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