This book illuminates play as a universal and culture-specific activity. It provides needed information about the behavior of children in diverse cultural contexts as well as about the play of children in unassimilated cultural or subcultural contexts. It offers readers the opportunity to develop greater sensitivity to and better understanding of the important cultural differences that confront early childhood teachers and teacher educators.
About the Author
Jaipaul L. Roopnarine is Associate Profesor of Child Studies and Early Childhood Education at Syracuse University.
James E. Johnson is Associate Professor of Education at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park.
Frank H. Hooper is Professor of Child and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Table of Contents
1. The Need to Look at Play in Diverse Cultural Settings
Jaipaul L. Roopnarine and James E. Johnson
2. Play in the East Indian Context
Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, Ziarat Hossain, Preeti Gill, and Holly Brophy
3. Children's Play in Taiwan
Hui-Ling Wendy Pan
4. Children's Play in Japan
5. Peer Interactions in Polynesia: A View from Marquesas
6. Mainland Puerto Rican Children
Lourdes Diaz Soto and Lillian Negron
7. Child's Playuna cosa naturale: An Italian Perspective
Rebecca S. New
8. African Children's Play and the Emergence of the Sexual Division of Labor
Marianne N. Bloch and Susan M. Adler
9. Meaning in Mud: Yup'ik Eskimo Girls at Play
Kathleen Bennett deMarrais, Patricia A. Nelson, and Jill H. Baker
10. Culture, Play, and Early Childhood Education
Celeste Lasater and James E. Johnson