Dramatic Play in Childhood: Rehearsal for Life

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Pearson Education Canada, 1995 - Education - 144 pages
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The inner life of children, reveals V. Glasgow Koste in this classic work now available for the first time in a trade edition, is intuitively dramatic. "Mere child's play" is a child's work in learning to be human. Koste, winner of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education Honorary Research Award, speaks to all professionals who work with children and equally to parents who would recapture what it is to be a child. Koste looks at children's dramatic play and the role it plays in developing life skills and a sense of art. Pedagogically and theoretically sound, Dramatic Play in Childhood is written in the warm and humorous voice of someone who knows children and has worked extensively with them, and in the voices of the children themselves. This subtly shaped book penetrates the rituals and mysteries of play, revealing not sterile explanations but larger questions.

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Contents

Play Is the Thing
1
Imagination and Transformation
29
To Master Reality
51
Flow and Form
67
Seriousness Solitude and Secrecy
87
The Play of Words
109
Flying and Landing the Planes of Reality
125
POSTSCRIPT
139
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V. GLASGOW KOSTE, born to actors James Glasgow and Vivian Marlowe, has worked and played in the theatre and in education all her life. Director and professor of Drama/Theatre for the Young at Eastern Michigan University for twenty-five years, she has been cited for her role in developing one of the country's leading programs in this relatively new discipline. Her plays are produced throughout the country and she has acted and directed extensively. She is married to director Walter Koste. Her children and grandchildren continue to be a source of wonder and joy.

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