Play from Birth to Twelve and Beyond: Contexts, Perspectives, and Meanings / Edition 1

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Overview

Is there a correlation between playing games and mastering social skills?
• In what ways can play encourage literacy?
• What dictates the nature of sexual content in children's play?
• Is winning a game more beneficial than losing in terms of acquiring knowledge?
• Can a daily 15-minute period of sociodramatic play have any effect on student mathematical skills?

Much more than just "child's play"
Many studies have shown that play is vital in our intellectual growth and development, especially in the formative years. But until now no single source has effectively surveyed the field. This first-of-its-kind guide summarizes and brings together what we know about play, its guiding principles, its dynamics, and its importance not only in early learning but throughout life. Armed with knowledge from this comprehensive guide you can:

• examine all aspects of play, including new approaches not yet covered in the literature*
discover how teachers in various classroom situations set up and guide play to facilitate learning
• explore how play is affected by societal violence, media reportage, technological innovations, and other contemporary issues
• find out which areas of play have been studied adequately and which require further research

Reveals the versatility and complexity of playThe coverage consists of 62 essays by 78 distinguished experts from various fields who draw on pedagogy, anthropology, ethology, history, philosophy, and psychology to examine play and its variety, complexity, and usefulness. This work instantly puts at your fingertips a wealth of practical applications, methods,observations, and new discoveries. Here you'll find out why play is vital in developing mathematical thinking and promoting social skills, how properly constructed play enhances classroom instruction, which games foster which skills, how playing stimulates creativity, and much more. In addition, there are essays demonstrating the importance of play in adulthood, which focus on such areas as play in the workplace, playfulness in the biological sciences and medicine, play among education professionals, play in law, and more.

User aids organize the material and facilitate research
An author and subject index, and extensive bibliographies round out the coverage. A general introduction and introductions to each of the eight major sections provide the necessary background information and give the articles context. The book is a source of up-to-date information, practical ideas, and quick surveys of a wide array of subjects of interest to educators, behavioral and social scientists, researchers, and students who need a contemporary view of play and its role in the human experience.
Special Features
• Demonstrates how play reveals a child's level of knowledge and enhances learning
• Looks at a wide range of childhood play behaviors, experiences, and influences
• Offers fresh observations on play, adult intervention, the needs of children as expressed in play, and evaluating play as a means of acquiring knowledge
• Examines how play is shaped by physical and social settings, cultural background, ability, gender, and age
• Considers the roles of imagination, exploration, challenge, humor, and sexuality in childhood play
• Provides access to extensive bibliographic resources.
• Sheds light on how play extends into adulthood and manifests itself in work\

Physical & social contexts, meanings & perspectives; social, emotional & language develop.; risk-taking, humor, violence.

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Meet the Author

Doris Fromberg is Professor and Chairperson, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Hofstra University.

Doris Bergen is Professor and Director of the Center for Human Development, Learning, and Teaching at Miami University of Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Play in Historical Contexts 5
Play in the Context of Life-Span Human Development 14
Diversity and Play: Influences of Race, Culture, Class, and Gender 23
Play as Children See It 37
Play: A Medium for Literacy Development 50
Play and Its Influence on the Development of Young Children's Mathematical Thinking 56
Dabbling, Discovery, and Dragonflies: Scientific Inquiry and Exploratory Representational Play 68
Clinical Perspectives on Play 77
Play and Technology: Revised Realities and Potential Perspectives 93
The Meaning of Play as a Human Experience 103
No Learning by Coercion: Paidia and Paideia in Platonic Philosophy 109
Play, Proteus, and Paradox: Education for a Chaotic and Supersymmetric World 119
Play Development from Birth to Age Four 137
Play Development from Ages Four to Eight 146
Play Development from Ages Eight to Twelve 154
Play and Language: Individual Differences as Evidence of Development and Style 165
Language and Play: Natural Partners 175
Gender Identity and Play 187
Play as the Language of Children's Feelings 193
The Role of Play in Assessment 201
Can I Play Too? Reflections on the Issues for Children with Disabilities 208
City Play 219
Children's Outdoor Play: An Endangered Activity 225
Perspectives on Play in Playgrounds 232
School-Based Play and Social Interactions: Opportunities and Limitations 241
Play as Ritual in Health Care Settings 248
Adult Direct and Indirect Influences on Play 259
Peer and Sibling Influences on Play 266
Adult Influences on Play: The Vygotskian Approach 277
Intergenerational Play: Parents and Children 283
Play between Generations: Grandparents and Children 290
Games, Achievement, and the Mastery of Social Skills 303
Fantasy and Imagination 313
Challenge and Risk-Taking in Play 319
Play as a Context for Humor Development 324
Sociocultural Influences on Gender-Role Behaviors in Children's Play 338
Play with Violence: Understanding and Responding Effectively 348
The Meanings in Play with Objects 359
Social Play 368
Sociodramatic Play: Pretending Together 378
Constructive Play 392
Rough-and-Tumble Play from Childhood through Adolescence: Differing Perspectives 401
Games with Rules 409
Sport as Play (and Work) 416
Transcendence in the Play of Remembrance 429
Play in the Visual Arts: One Photographer's Way-of-Working 435
The Playful Ways of the Performing Artist 442
At Play in the Field of Archaeology 451
Playfulness in the Biological Sciences 455
Sociologists and Play Research 461
Chemists and Play 468
The Playful Ways of Mathematicians' Work 473
Mixing Business with Pleasure: Play in the World of Work 485
Play among Education Professionals 493
Play by Newspaper Journalists and Editors 499
Use of Play in the Law 504
Playfulness in Medicine: A Pediatric Perspective 507
Electronically Mediated Playscapes 513
Advocacy for the Child's Right to Play 519
Educational Implications of Play with Computers 530
Emerging and Future Contexts, Perspectives, and Meanings of Play 537
Contributors 543
Index 555
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