Conceptual, Social-Cognitive, And Contextual Issues In The Fields Of Play

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The research and theoretical contributions of international and multidisciplinary scholars have advanced our understanding of the role of play in evolution and behavior. The diverse articles in this volume range from theoretical and conceptual advances, scientific investigations, to discourse about applied issues and different dimensions of play. The authors provide excursions into the adaptive, cultural, and social significance of play. The databased papers fall into four categories: the role of age, gender, and...

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Overview

The research and theoretical contributions of international and multidisciplinary scholars have advanced our understanding of the role of play in evolution and behavior. The diverse articles in this volume range from theoretical and conceptual advances, scientific investigations, to discourse about applied issues and different dimensions of play. The authors provide excursions into the adaptive, cultural, and social significance of play. The databased papers fall into four categories: the role of age, gender, and ethnicity in play participation, social-cognitive connections to play, fighting and play fighting, and play and process in adulthood.

Play is defined as behavior that is not necessary to survival and yet is undertaken voluntarily as a method by which to improve the quality of life. This study, addressing the definition, role, and characteristics of play, falls within the research of education, psychology, anthropology, sociology, leisure studies, and primatology. The play of humans and nonhumans takes a variety of forms and serves multiple purposes within mental and emotional states of being. The motivation and impact of play behavior varies with the type of play performed. The studies included in this volume address simple games, more complex creative activities, the emotional implications of play throughout adult life, and the role of play in human social construction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567506471
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2001
  • Series: Play & Culture Studies Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

JAIPAUL L. ROOPNARINE is Professor of Education at Brooklyn College of The City University of New York.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Note
Pt. I Conceptual Issues Regarding Play
1 Recapitulation Redressed 3
2 Huizinga's Contributions to Play Studies: A Reappraisal 23
3 Cultural Constraints on Children's Play 53
Pt. II Role of Age, Gender, and Ethnicity in Play
4 Play in Same-Age and Multiage Grouping Arrangements 63
5 Block Play Complexity in Same-Sex Dyads of Preschool Children 77
6 Play of Language-Minority Children in an Early Childhood Setting 93
7 Development Aspects of Play-Partner Selection in Young Rhesus Monkeys 111
Pt. III Social-Cognitive Connections to Play
8 The Relationship between Creativity and Cognitive Abilities in Preschoolers 127
9 The Play of Early Writing 149
10 Parental Scaffolding during Joint Play with Preschoolers 165
11 Increasing Play Competence for Very Young Children: How Two Early Head Start Home Visitors Conceptualize and Actualize Their Roles 183
12 Finding the Humor in Children's Play 209
Pt. IV Playfighting
13 Perceptions of Playfighting and Real Fighting: Effects of Sex and Participant Status 223
14 Comparing Pupil and Teacher Perceptions for Playful Fighting, Serious Fighting, and Positive Peer Interaction 235
Pt. V Adult Play
15 Play and Process: Adult Play Embedded in the Daily Routine 249
Author Index 279
Subject Index 285
About the Contributors 289
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