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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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Table of Contents

Selected Entries: Historical Contexts of Child's Play *Play as Children See It *Play and Technology *Sociologists and Play Research * Playful Ways of the Performing Artist * Play Among Education Professionals * Infant and Toddler Play *Play and Language *Gender Identity and Play * Language of Children's Feelings *Role of Play in Assessment *Structuring the Study of Play *Pretending Together * Meaning in Play with Objects * Constructive Play *Games with Rules *City Play *Play as Ritual in Health Care Settings *Peer and Sibling Influences on Play *Play Between Generations *Challenge and Risk-Taking in Play *Play with Violence *Educational Implications of Play with Computer

About the Author

Doris Fromberg is Professor and Chairperson, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Hofstra University. Doris Bergen is Professor and Director of the Center for Human Development, Learning, and Teaching at Miami University of Ohio.

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