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The Development of Play

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Why do children play and why do they stop playing? David Cohen's book answers these questions in light of recent research. Psychologists argue that children play to learn how to move, how to speak, how to think, how to cope emotionally, how to be imaginative, and how to interact with other people. David Cohen suggests that we need to look at the origins of play in the family, and excamine how children play with objects, language, and with each other and their parents.

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Overview

Why do children play and why do they stop playing? David Cohen's book answers these questions in light of recent research. Psychologists argue that children play to learn how to move, how to speak, how to think, how to cope emotionally, how to be imaginative, and how to interact with other people. David Cohen suggests that we need to look at the origins of play in the family, and excamine how children play with objects, language, and with each other and their parents.

"An excellent critical appraisal of research on play. Cohen offers a refreshing open perspective, although he acknowledges that we seem to need a serious reason for play in order to justify studying it....Very readable and entertaining."
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Why do chilidren play and why do they stop playing? This book suggests that we need to look at the origins of play in the family, area that has hitherto been neglected.

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Meet the Author

David Steven Cohen is Senior Research Associate and Director of the Ethnic History Program at the New Jersey Historical Commission. He holds a Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 A history of play 14
3 Playing with objects 33
4 Playing with other children 57
5 Pretending 84
6 Playful people? 106
7 Play therapy or the pathology of play? 138
8 Adult games in a changing world 163
9 Endgames 180
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