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

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First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815317456
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: Garland Reference Library of Social Science Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 578
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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

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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