Play = Learning: How Play Motivates and Enhances Children's Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth / Edition 1by Dorothy G. Singer
Pub. Date: 08/24/2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Why is it that the best and brightest of our children are arriving at college too burned out to profit from the smorgasbord of intellectual delights that they are offered? Why is it that some preschools and kindergartens have a majority of children struggling to master cognitive tasks that are inappropriate for their age? Why is playtime often considered to be time
Why is it that the best and brightest of our children are arriving at college too burned out to profit from the smorgasbord of intellectual delights that they are offered? Why is it that some preschools and kindergartens have a majority of children struggling to master cognitive tasks that are inappropriate for their age? Why is playtime often considered to be time unproductively spent?
In Play=Learning, top experts in child development and learning contend that the answers to these questions stem from a single source: in the rush to create a generation of Einsteins, our culture has forgotten about the importance of play for children's development. Presenting a powerful argument about the pervasive and long-term effects of play, Singer, Golinkoff, and Hirsh-Pasek urge researchers and practitioners to reconsider the ways play facilitates development across domains. Over forty years of developmental research indicates that play has enormous benefits to offer children, not the least of which is physical activity in this era of obesity and hypertension. Play provides children with the opportunity to maximize their attention spans, learn to get along with peers, cultivate their creativity, work through their emotions, and gain the academic skills that are the foundation for later learning. Using a variety of methods and studying a wide range of populations, the contributors to this volume demonstrate the powerful effects of play in the intellectual, social, and emotional spheres.
Play=Learning will be an important resource for students and researchers in developmental psychology. Its research-based policy recommendations will be valuable to teachers, counselors, and school psychologists in their quest to reintroduce play and joyful learning into our school rooms and living rooms.
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Table of Contents
1. Why Play=Learning: A Call for Change, Roberta M. Golinkoff, Kathryn A. Hirsh-Pasek, and Dorothy G. Singer
CHALLENGES TO PLAY
2. The Cognitive Child vs. the Whole Child: Lessons from 40 Years of Head Start, Edward F. Zigler and Sandra J. Bishop-Josef
3. The Role of Recess in Primary School, Anthony D. Pellegrini and Robyn M. Holmes
SHOOL READINESS - SCHOOL STANDARDS
4. Standards, Science, and the Role of Play in Early Literacy Education, James F. Christie and Kathleen A. Roskos
5. Make-Believe Play: Wellspring for Development of Self-Regulation, Laura E. Berk, Trisha D. Mann, and Amy T. Ogan
6. 'My Magic Story Car': Video-Based Play Intervention to Strengthen Emergent Literary of At-Risk Preschoolers, Harvey F. Bellin and Dorothy G. Singer
7. Narrative Play and Emergent Literacy: Storytelling and Story-acting Meets Journal Writing, Angelika Nicolopoulou, Judith McDowell, and Carolyn Brockmeyer
8. Mathematical Play and Playful Mathematics: A Guide for Early Education, Herbert P. Ginsburg
MEDIA AND COMPUTERS.
9. Media Use by Infants and Toddlers: A Potential for Play, Deborah S. Weber
10. Computer as Paint Brush: Technology, Play, and the Creative Society, Mitchel Resnick
PLAY WITH DYSFUNCTIONAL CHILDREN.
11. Pretend Play and Emotion Learning in Traumatized Mothers and Children, Wendy Haight, James Black, Teresa Jacobsen, and Kathryn Sheridan
12. Play and Autism: Facilitating Symbolic Understanding, Melissa Allen Preissler
13. Learning to Play and Learning Through Play, Jerome L. Singer
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