Play from Birth to Twelve: Contexts, Perspectives, and Meanings / Edition 2

Play from Birth to Twelve: Contexts, Perspectives, and Meanings / Edition 2

by Doris Pronin Fromberg, Doris Bergen
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Play from Birth to Twelve: Contexts, Perspectives, and Meanings / Edition 2

In light of recent standards-based and testing movements, the issue of play in childhood has taken on increased meaning for educational professionals and social scientists. This second edition of Play From Birth to Twelve offers comprehensive coverage of what we now know about play, its guiding principles, its dynamics and importance in early learning. These up-to-date essays, written by some of the most distinguished experts in the field, help students explore:

  • all aspects of play, including new approaches not yet covered in the literature
  • how teachers in various classroom situations set up and guide play to facilitate learning
  • how play is affected by societal violence, media reportage, technological innovations and other contemporary issues
  • which areas of play have been studied adequately and which require further research.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415951111
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/31/2006
Edition description: REV
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction, Doris Pronin Fromberg and Doris Bergen

Part I Perspectives on Play Development

1 Play Development from Birth to Age Four, Barbara P. Garner and Doris Bergen

2 Play Development from Ages Four to Eight Years, James E. Johnson

3 Play and Socialization in Middle Childhood, Doris Bergen and Doris P. Fromberg

4 Gender Identity and Play, Melanie M. Ayres, Aliya Khan, and Leslie D. Levé

5 Play as Children See It, Nancy W. Wiltz and Greta G. Fein

6 Can I Play Too? Reflections on the Issues for Children with Disabilities, Gayle Mindes

7. Play’s Role and Meaning in the Lives of Children with Autism, Pamela Wolfberg

8. Play and Gifted Children, Annemarie Roeper

9 Play in the Context of Lifespan Human Development, Valeria J. Freysinger

Part II Meanings of Play

10 The Meanings in Play with Objects, Shirley K. Morgenthaler

11 Social and Nonsocial Play, Robert J. Coplan, Laura L. Ooi, Alison Kirkpatrick, and Kenneth H. Rubin

12 Language and Play: Natural Partners, Jane Ilene Freeman Davidson

13 Sociodramatic Play Pretending Together, Patricia Monighan Nourot

14 Constructive Play, George Forman

15 Rough-and-Tumble Play from Childhood through Adolescence: Differing Perspectives, Anthony D. Pellegrini,

16 Games with Rules, Rheta DeVries

17 Play as a Context for Humor Development, Doris Bergen

Part III Educational Contexts for Play

18 Adult Influences on Play: The Vygotskian Approach, Elena Bodrova and Deborah J. Leong

19 Social Play in School, Jeffrey Trawick-Smith

20 Play as a Medium for Literacy Development, James F. Christie and Kathleen Roskos

21 Play and Mathematics in Kindergarten, Constance Kamii

22 Scientific Inquiry and Exploratory Representational Play, Christopher R. Wolfe, R. Hays Cummins, Christopher A. Myer, and Elizabeth M. Cedillos

23 Technology Play and Learning, Lena Lee

24 Technology Play Concerns, Diane E. Levin

25 The Role of Play in Assessment, Diane Parham

26 Reconciling Play and Assessment Standards, Doris Bergen

Part IV Social and Physical Contexts for Play

27 Play in Historical and Cross-Cultural Contexts, Donna R. Barnes

28 Influences of Race, Culture, Social Class, and Gender: Diversity and Play, Patricia G. Ramsey

29 Parent–Child and Child–Child Play in Diverse Cultural Contexts, Jaipaul L. Roopnarine and Aimbika Krishnakumar

30 Sibling and Peer Influences on Play, Sherri Oden, Kathleen O. Gray, and Janie A. Winn

31 The Cultural and Familial Contexts of Caregiver Support for Children’s Pretend Play, Wendy Haight and Minhae Cho

32 City Play, Amanda Dargan and Steve Zeitlin

33 Playful Experiences for Children in Museums, Donna R. Barnes

34 Children’s Outdoor Play: An Endangered Activity, Mary S. Rivkin

35 Perspectives on Play and Playgrounds, Joe L. Frost and Irma C. Woods

36 Play as Ritual in Health Care Settings, Laura Gaynard

37 Clinical Perspectives on Play, Karen Gitlin-Weiner

Part V Particular Meanings Embedded in Play

38 The Struggle Between Sacred Play and Festive Play, Brian Sutton-Smith

39 Fantasy and Imagination, Dorothy G. Singer and Jerome L. Singer

40 Sociocultural Influences on Gender-Role Behaviors in Children’s Play, Alice Sterling Honig

41 Play and Violence: Understanding and Responding Effectively, Diane E. Levin

42 Protean Selves, Trading Zones, and Nonlinear Dynamical Systems: The Role of Play in Future Progress, Karen VanderVen

43 How Nonlinear Systems Inform Meaning and Early Education, Doris Pronin Fromberg

44 Play, Technology Toy Affordances and Brain Development, Doris Bergen

45. Play and the Origin of Species, Michael Ellis

Epilogue: Emerging and Future Contexts, Perspectives, and Meanings for Play, Doris Bergen and Doris Pronin Fromberg



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