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Play, Development and Early Education

Play, Development and Early Education - 05 edition

Play, Development and Early Education - 05 edition

ISBN13: 9780205394791

ISBN10: 0205394795

Play, Development and Early Education by James E. Johnson, James F. Christie and Francis Wardle - ISBN 9780205394791
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
International: No
Play, Development and Early Education by James E. Johnson, James F. Christie and Francis Wardle - ISBN 9780205394791

ISBN13: 9780205394791

ISBN10: 0205394795

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05

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Respected play scholars James Johnson and James Christie join esteemed author Francis Wardle in this exciting new text on the theorizing and research of childhood play.

Play is the universal language of childhood. In order to converse with new generations of children, today's teachers must prepare themselves and learn how this form of communication can be adapted to the classroom. Play, Development, and Early Education, challenges the reader to discover what play is and how to incorporate it into a curriculum for children from toddlerhood through the primary grades. Utilizing three major ideas--the quality of play in early childhood, play as a means of self-expression, and play as a channel of communication to achieving social sense--the authors examine the beliefs, perspectives, and theories relating to play and what effects culture, media and technology have on play. In addition, the text addresses the role of parents in supporting and elaborating play, the direct connections between research and play practice, and the value of play in relation to the total development (cognitive, affective, emotional, social, and physical) of all children.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Most chapters begin with ''Introduction'' and ''Focus Questions'' and conclude with ''Summary'' and ''Projects/Assignments.''

1. Beliefs About Play.

History and Images of Children and Play.
Multiple Perspectives on Play.
Defining Play.
Current Issues and Trends.

2. Theories of Play.

Classical Theories
Modern Theories
Postmodern Theories
Implications for Teachers


3. Play, Development, and Assessment: Birth to Eight Years.

Play Development: An Overview.
Development of Motor Play.
Development of Object Play.
Development of Symbolic Play.
Development of Social Play.
Play Development from Six to Eight.
Play Assessment.

4. Diversity and Individual Differences in Play.

Gender Differences.
Physical Play.
Personality and Play.
Race and Ethnicity.

5. Play's Role in Development.

Play and Development: Basic Observations.
Brain Development and Play.
Cultural Learning and Play.
Language and Literacy Dimension.
Feature: School Readiness: Educational Value of Play.
Social Dimension.
Feature: What good is play? Communicating the value of play to parents.
Emotional Dimension.

6. Play Contexts: Physical Environment, Social Ecology, and Culture.

Cultural-Contextual Approaches to Play.
Physical Environment and Play.
Social Ecology and Play.
Play and Culture.
Educational Applications.


7. Play's Role in Education.

The value of educational play.
Types of Educational Play.
Barriers to educational play.
8. Enriching Classroom Play: Materials and Curriculum.
Relationship between play materials and development.
Characteristics of play materials.
Types of Play Materials.

9. Enriching Classroom Play: Teaching Strategies and Facilitation Techniques.

Providing Adequate Time for Play.
Preparatory Experiences.
Teacher Involvement in Play.
Linking Play with Instruction.
10. Play for Children with Special Needs and Circumstance.
Play and Special Education.
Play Therapy.
Child Life Programs.

11. Popular Culture, Media, and Technology.

Popular Culture.
Play and the Media.

12. Outdoor Play.

History of Playgrounds.
Purpose of outdoor play.
Different kinds of playgrounds.
Playground design.
Age-related playgrounds.
ADA Accessibility.
Role of the teacher in the playground.
Outdoor play advocacy.