A Child's Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play

A Child's Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play

by Vivian Gussin Paley
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A Child's Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play by Vivian Gussin Paley

The buzz word in education today is accountability. But the federal mandate of "no child left behind" has come to mean curriculums driven by preparation for standardized tests and quantifiable learning results. Even for very young children, unstructured creative time in the classroom is waning as teachers and administrators are under growing pressures to measure school readiness through rote learning and increased homework. In her new book, Vivian Gussin Paley decries this rapid disappearance of creative time and makes the case for the critical role of fantasy play in the psychological, intellectual, and social development of young children.

A Child's Work goes inside classrooms around the globe to explore the stunningly original language of children in their role-playing and storytelling. Drawing from their own words, Paley examines how this natural mode of learning allows children to construct meaning in their worlds, meaning that carries through into their adult lives. Proof that play is the work of children, this compelling and enchanting book will inspire and instruct teachers and parents as well as point to a fundamental misdirection in today's educational programs and strategies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226644981
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 09/15/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 111
Sales rank: 287,230
File size: 166 KB

About the Author

Vivian Gussin Paley, a kindergarten and nursery school teacher for thirty-seven years, primarily at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, has received numerous awards and accolades, including a MacArthur Award and most recently the John Dewey Society's Outstanding Achievement Award. She is the author of eleven books, three of which are published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was okay, but I feel like it did not address the requirements of today's school settings. In addition to that, she primarily talked about Kindergarten and first grade. In my mind, a child is still a child throughout their whole elementary career. I wish she would have expanded the views a little further. In addition, I feel like all of her books had a similar feel to them, making them boring if all are read.