Multiple Perspectives on Play in Early Childhood Education


While teachers value children's play, they often do not know how to guide that play to make it more educational. This volume reflects current research in the child development and early childhood education fields.
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While teachers value children's play, they often do not know how to guide that play to make it more educational. This volume reflects current research in the child development and early childhood education fields.
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Brings together much of the research and theoretical knowledge that exists regarding play as a medium of learning and development in the early childhood years. The editors provide an introduction and an historical overview, which are followed by 14 contributions discussing post-Piagetian perspectives, the development of pretense and narrative, children's understanding of symbolic relations, social and cultural perspectives, play as a context for assessment of young children, play in special populations, and physical environments. In addition, each chapter includes suggestions for researchers and the implications of our current state of knowledge for those who work with young children. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents


Introduction: Play in Early Childhood Education
Olivia N. Saracho and Bernard Spodek

1. A Historical Overview of Theories of Play
Olivia N. Saracho and Bernard Spodek

2. Playing with a Theory of Mind
Angeline S. Lillard

3. The Social Origins of Mind: Post-Piagetian Perspectives on Pretend Play
Larry Smolucha and Francine Smolucha

4. Seeing through Symbols: The Development of Children's Understanding of Symbolic Relations
David H. Uttal, Donald P. Marzolf, Sophia L. Pierroutsakos, Catherine M. Smith, Georgene L. Troseth, Kathryn V. Scudder, and Judy S. DeLoache

5. The Development of Pretense and Narrative in Early Childhood
Robert D. Kavanaugh and Susan Engel

6. Play as an Opportunity for Literacy
Kathleen Roskos and Susan B. Neuman

7. Play and Social Competence
Gary L. Creasey, Patricia A. Jarvis, and Laura E. Berk

8. Social and Nonsocial Play in Childhood: An Individual Differences Perspective
Kenneth H. Rubin and Robert J. Coplan

9. Play in Special Populations
Fergus P. Hughes

10. The Cultural Contexts of Children's Play
Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, Jennifer Lasker, Megan Sacks, and Marshall Stores

11. Play and the Assessment of Young Children
A. D. Pellegrini

12. What Is Stylish about Play?
Olivia N. Saracho

13. Physical Environments and Children's Play
Joe L. Frost, Dongju Shin, and Paul J. Jacobs

14. Real and Not Real: A Vital Developmental Dichotomy
Brian Vandenberg


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Author Index

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