Play from Birth to Twelve: Contexts, Perspectives, and Meanings / Edition 2

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In light of recent standards-based and testing movements, the issue of play in child development has taken on increased meaning for educational professionals and social scientists. This third edition of
Play From Birth to Twelve offers comprehensive coverage of what we now know about play and its guiding principles, dynamics, and importance in early learning. These up-to-date essays, written by some of the most distinguished experts in the field, help educators, psychologists, anthropologists, parents, health service personnel, and students explore a variety of theoretical and practical ideas, such as:

  • all aspects of play, including historical and diverse perspectives as well as new approaches not yet covered in the literature
  • how teachers in various classroom situations set up and guide play to facilitate learning
  • how play is affected by societal violence, media reportage, technological innovations, and other contemporary issues
  • play and imagination within the current scope of educational policies, childrearing methods, educational variations, cultural differences, and intellectual diversity

New chapters in the third edition of Play From Birth to Twelve cover current and projected future developments in the field of play, such as executive function, neuroscience, autism, play in museums, "small world" play, global issues, media, and technology. The book also suggests ways to support children's play across different environments at home, in communities,
and within various institutional settings.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"It is a delight to welcome this third edition of Play from Birth to Twelve, so brilliantly edited by Doris Pronin Fromberg and Doris Bergen. Such a comprehensive and genuinely helpful resource will prove of theoretical and practical value to all those who deal with children and who want to understand the roles of play in our early lives. Educators, health professionals, students, parents, museum personnel, city designers, and many others will find valuable material in these pages. The scope of the volume and its range of outstanding new and older research is a tribute to the insightful work of its editors. If the content of these essays directed more of our social and educational policy, we would surely have a better world."

Kieran Egan, Professor of Education at Simon Fraser University, Canada

"Broad and deep with appeal to a wide range of practitioners, theorists, researchers, policy makers, and parents, this brilliant book is needed today more than ever before. The editors have provided a rich treasure trove of everything we ever wanted to know about play from theory to practice, and the distinguished chapter authors are recognized experts on play, child development, and education. Teachers struggling with the disappearance of play from current educational settings will find this third edition, up to date with surprising new content and perspectives on the future, to be a comprehensive resource."

Kathryn Castle, Professor & Watson Endowed Chair in Education, Oklahoma State University, USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415951128
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 478
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (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

1 Play development from birth to age four 3
2 Play development from ages four to eight 13
3 Play development from ages eight to twelve 21
4 Language and play : natural partners 31
5 Gender identity and play 41
6 Play as the language of children's feelings 47
7 Play in the context of life-span human development 53
8 The meanings in play with objects 65
9 Social and nonsocial play 75
10 Sociodramatic play pretending together 87
11 Constructive play 103
12 Rough-and-tumble play from childhood through adolescence : differing perspectives 111
13 Games with rules 119
14 Play as children see it 127
15 Play as a context for humor development 141
16 Play's pathways to meaning : a dynamic theory of play 159
17 Adult influences on play : the Vygotskian approach 167
18 Social play in school 173
19 Play as a medium for literacy development 181
20 Play and mathematics at ages one to ten 187
21 Scientific inquiry and exploratory representational play 199
22 Play and technology : revised realities and potential perspectives 207
23 Educational implications of play with computers 215
24 The role of play in assessment 223
25 Reconciling play and assessment standards : how to leave no child behind 233
26 Play in historical and cross-cultural contexts 243
27 Influences of race, cultural, social class, and gender : diversity and play 261
28 Parent-child and child-child play in diverse cultural contexts 275
29 Can I play too? Reflections on the issues for children with disabilities 289
30 Sibling and peer influences on play 297
31 A sociocultural perspective of parent-child play 309
32 City play 315
33 Children's outdoor play : an endangered activity 323
34 Perspectives on play and playgrounds 331
35 Play as ritual in health care settings 343
36 Clinical perspectives on play 353
37 Fantsay and imagination 371
38 Sociocultural influences on gender-role behaviors in children's play 379
39 Play and violence : understanding and responding effectively 395
40 Attaining the protean self in a rapidly changing world : understanding chaos through play 405
Epilogue : emerging and future contexts, perspectives, and meanings for play 417
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