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Play Today in the Primary School Playground: Life, Learning and Creativity

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"This text examines the free play of children in middle childhood, exploring their actual play activities in the school playground. It counters the widespread concern about the supposed decline in children's play with fresh evidence from Australia, Canada, France, Israel and Britain of the vibrancy, creativity and variety of free play activities, particularly in the school playground." "The case studies discuss the many aspects of children's play traditions, including the use of playground space, the ways in which children learn and adapt games
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Overview

"This text examines the free play of children in middle childhood, exploring their actual play activities in the school playground. It counters the widespread concern about the supposed decline in children's play with fresh evidence from Australia, Canada, France, Israel and Britain of the vibrancy, creativity and variety of free play activities, particularly in the school playground." "The case studies discuss the many aspects of children's play traditions, including the use of playground space, the ways in which children learn and adapt games and rhymes in multicultural and monocultural settings, children's creative and subversive use of mass media items, and gendered dimensions of play. Emphasis is on children's own perceptions, the importance of free play at a time when it is increasingly under threat, and the benefits that an informed appreciation of contemporary children's play can bring to teaching, the management of school playtime, and intercultural and intergenerational understanding." "Audience: undergraduate; postgraduate; research/professional."--BOOK JACKET.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335207152
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 5/1/1901
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Today's play - adult and child perspectives
Three myths about children's folklore
The ins and outs of school playground play
Children's use of "play places"
Pt. 2 Creativity, continuity and variety in contemporary play traditions
Counting in and counting out - who knows what in the playground
It's not all black or white - the influence of the media, the classroom and immigrant groups on children's playground singing games
"We like singing the Spice Girl songs.. and we like "tig" and "stuck in the mud"" - girls' traditional games on two playgrounds
The saga of Susie - the dynamics of an international handclapping game
Pt. 3 Widening perspectives
The possibilities of play
Rhythm, repetition and rhetoric - learning language in the school playground
From hopscotch to Siji - generations at play in a cross-cultural setting
"Our dreams in action" - spirituality and children's play today
Conclusion: the importance of play for today
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