The Development of Play

The Development of Play


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The Development of Play by David S. Cohen, Michelle Fine

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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814714294
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 06/01/1989
Series: Concepts in Developmental Psychology Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About 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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