Multiple Perspectives on Play in Early Childhood Education: Divine Accommodation in Jewish and Christian Thought

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SUNY Press, 1998 - Education - 323 pages
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Play has been part of early childhood programs since the initial kindergarten developed by Friedreich Froebel more than one hundred and fifty years ago. While research shows that most teachers value children s play, they often do not know how to guide that play to make it more educational. Too often, in reflecting the value of child-initiated activities, teachers set the stage for children s play, observe it, but hesitate to intervene in that play. They may fear that to intervene is to create a developmentally inappropriate set of educational practices. However, the lack of intervention may limit the educational outcomes of play. Meanwhile, a large body of research exists on different forms of children s play in educational settings that could inform teachers of young children and help them to improve their practice and support more educational play. Saracho and Spodek bring together much of that research in an accessible volume for early childhood teachers and teacher educators."
 

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Contents

A Historical Overview of Theories of Play Olivia N Saracho and Bernard Spodek
1
Playing with a Theory of Mind Angeline S Lillard
11
The Social Origins of Mind PostPiagetian Perspectives on Pretend Play Larry Smolucha and Francine Smolucha
34
Seeing through Symbols The Development of Childrens Understanding of Symbolic Relations David H Vital Donald P Marzolf Sophia L Pierroutsak...
59
The Development of Pretense and Narrative in Early Childhood Robert D Kavanaugh and Susan Engel
80
Play as an Opportunity for Literacy Kathleen Roskos and Susan B Neuman
100
Play and Social Competence Gary L Creasey Patricia A Jarvis and Laura E Berk
116
Social and Nonsocial Play in Childhood An Individual Differences Perspective Kenneth H Rubin and Robert J Coplan
144
The Cultural Contexts of Childrens Play Jaipaul L Roopnarine Jennifer Lasker Megan Sacks and Marshall Stores
194
Play and the Assessment of Young Children A D Pellegrini
220
What Is Stylish about Play? Olivia N Saracho
240
Physical Environments and Childrens Play Joe L Frost Dongju Shin and Paul J Jacobs
255
Real and Not Real A Vital Developmental Dichotomy Brian Vandenberg
295
Contributors
307
Subject Index
313
Author Index
317

Play in Special Populations Fergus P Hughes
171

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Olivia N. Saracho is Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Maryland.

Bernard Spodek is Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Illinois. Saracho and Spodek have written several books together, including Right From the Start: Teaching Children Ages Three to Eight and Dealing with Individual Differences in the Early Childhood Classroom.

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