Play from Birth to Twelve: Contexts, Perspectives, and Meanings

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Doris Pronin Fromberg, Doris Bergen
Taylor & Francis, 2006 - Education - 455 pages

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.

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Perspectives on Play Development
Chapter 1 Play Development from Birth to Age Four
Chapter 2 Play Development from Ages Four to Eight
Chapter 3 Play Development From Ages Eight to Twelve
Natural Partners
Chapter 5 Gender Identity and Play
Revised Realities and Potential Perspectives
Chapter 23 Educational Implications of Play with Computers
Chapter 24 The Role of Play in Assessment
How To Leave No Child Behind
Social and Physical Contexts for Play
Chapter 26 Play in Historical and CrossCultural Contexts
Diversity and Play
Chapter 28 ParentChild adn ChildChild Play in Diverse Cultural Contexts

Chapter 6 Play as the Language of Childrens Feelings
Chapter 7 Play in the Context of LifeSpan Human Development
Meanings of Play
Chapter 8 The Meanings in Play with Objects
Chapter 9 Social and Nonsocial Play
Chapter 10 Sociodramatic Play Pretending Together
Chapter 11 Constructive Play
Differing Perspectives
Chapter 13 Games with Rules
Chapter 14 Play as Children See It
Chapter 15 Play as a Context for Humor Development
Educational Contexts for Play
A Dynamic Theory of Play
The Vygotskian Approach
Chapter 18 Social Play in School
Chapter 19 Play as a Medium for Literacy Development
Chapter 20 Play and Mathematics at Ages One to Ten
Chapter 21 Scientific Inquiry and Exploratory Representational Play
Reflections on the Issues for Children with Disabilities
Chapter 30 Sibling and Peer Influences on Play
Chapter 31 A Sociocultural Perspective of ParentChild Play
Chapter 32 City Play
An Endangered Activity
Chapter 34 Perspectives on Play and Playgrounds
Chapter 35 Play as Ritual in Health Care Settings
Chapter 36 Clinical Perspectives on Play
Particular Meanings Embedded in Play
Chapter 37 Fantasy and Imagination
Chapter 38 Sociocultural Influences on GenderRole Behaviors in Childrens Play
Understanding and Responding Effectively
Understanding Chaos through Play
Emerging and Future Context Perspectives and Meanings of Play
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