Theory in Context and Out

Theory in Context and Out

by Stuart Reifel, Stuart Reifel


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Theory in and out of Context furthers discourse and understanding about the complex phenomenon we know as play. Play, as a human and animal activity, can be understood in terms of cultural, social, evolutionary, psychological, and philosophical perspectives.This effort necessarily includes inquiry from a range of disciplines, including history, sociology, psychology, education, biology, anthropology, and leisure studies. Work from a number of those disciplines is represented in this book.

This volume includes sections covering Foundations and Theory of Play, Gender and Children's Play, Theory of Mind, Adult-Child Play, and Classroom Play. Scholarly analyses and reports of research from diverse disciplines amplify our understanding of play in Western and non-Western societies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781567504873
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/30/2001
Series: Play and Culture Studies Series , #3
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

STUART REIFEL is Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches in the early childhood education program in the College of Education./e He has studied children's play in schools and homes for the past twenty years, and specializes in the meanings of children's play in their developmental contexts. He served as President for The Association for the Study of Play.

Table of Contents

Introduction Stuart Reifel

Foundations and Theory of Play

What is Play For? Sexual Selection & the Evolution of Play Garry Chick

Reframing the Validity of Players & Play Brian Sutton-Smith

Play & Post Modernism Thomas Henricks

The Concept of Play in Hans-Georg Gadamer's Hermeneutics Kjetil Steinsholt and Eli Traasdahl

Symbolic Play & the Evolution of Culture: A Comparative Life History Perspective Warren P. Roberts

Gender and Children's Play

Boys Who Play Hopsctoch: The Historical Divide of Gendered Space Derek Van Rheen

The Interaction of Gender & Play Style in the Development of Gender Segregation Julie Tietz and Stephanie Shine

Boys and Girls at Play: Recess at an Urban Southern Elementary School Olga S. Jarrett, Beth Farokhi, Gwen Davies and Catharine Young

Theory of Mind

Explaining the Connection: Pretend Play and Theory of Mind Angeline Lillard

Imaginary Companions: Charactheristics and Correlates Marjorie Taylor, Stephanie M. Carlson and Lynn Gerow

A Study of Pretend Play and False Belief in Preschool Children: Is All Pretense Metarepresentational? Mark Nielsen and Cheryl Dissanayake

A Developmental Link Between the Production of Gestural Representation and Understanding of Mental Representation Thomas Suddendorf

Pretending, Understanding, Pretense, and Understanding Minds Angeline Lillard

Understanding the Pretense-Theory of Mind Relationship Kavanaugh

Adult-Child Play

Maternal Scaffolding of Taiwanese Play: Qualitative Patterns Jui-Chih Chin and Stuart Reifel

Paternal Notions About Their Children's Playfulness & Children's Notions of Play in the United States and Hong Kong Robyn Holmes

Validity of Three Tests of Playfulness with African-American Children and Their Parents and Relationships Amoung Parental Beliefs and Values and Children's Observed Playfulness Carolyn Porter and Anita Bundy

Attitudes of Parents and Teachers About Play Aggression in Young Children James E. Johnson, Susan J. Welteroth, and Susan M. Corl

Classroom Play

Play as a Learning Medium Revisited James Christie

The Effects of Situational Context on Playful Behaviors of Young Preschool Children Arleen T. Dodd, Jeanne T. Wilson and Cosby S. Rogers

Bilingual Children's Language Usage During Dramatic Play My-ae Han, Alfredo Benavides, and James Christie

Factors in Three-to-Five-Year-Old Children's Play Olivia N. Saracho


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