Playing to Learn: The Young Child, the Teacher and the Classroom

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780398057718
  • Publisher: Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/1992
  • Pages: 218

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Introduction
Pt. 1 The Teacher, the Child, the School Finding an Identity 3
1 To be a Teacher 5
2 The Young Child in the Classroom 19
3 What do the Problems of Class Size and Acid Rain have in Common? 33
4 Educating the Child for the 21st Century 47
Pt. 2 Playing is the Child's Way of Learning About the World 57
5 But What is Play, Anyway? 59
6 Child's Play as Cognitive Map Making 69
7 "What If" and "As If": Imagination and Pretend Play in Early Childhood 81
Pt. 3 Playing and Language Learning are Indivisible 89
8 Food for the Mind 91
9 In the Best of All Possible Worlds: Second Language Learning for Children 103
An historical and sociological overview of the issues 103
Identification of the crucial issues for discussion 110
The rationale for early immersion learning 110
Optimal methods for second language teaching 122
Immersion language learning for new immigrants 124
10 Reading: Misery or Magic? 133
Pt. 4 Using Play as a Diagnostic and Therapeutic Tool 141
11 Loss, Anger, Grief, Guilt: The Cycle of Depression in Childhood 143
12 Freedom and Direction: Recipe for a Golden Age 161
13 If Love is Not Enough, What is? (with apologies to Bruno Bettelheim!) 175
References 193
Index 199
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