Play

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Harvard University Press, 1990 - Family & Relationships - 184 pages
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Since the original publication of Play in 1977, dramatic economic and social changes have resulted in a marked increase in the number of young children from diverse backgrounds enrolled in group child-care programs, a trend that has created a need for a better understanding of play and its significance for the growing child. Over the same period, researchers studying child development have become even more interested in the relationship between play and children's well-being. In this enlarged edition of Play, Catherine Garvey explores some of the more promising new directions in the study of play and summarizes the findings of recent research.

 

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Contents

What Is Play?
1
The Natural History of the Smile
17
Play with Motion and Interaction
25
Play with Objects
41
Play with Language
59
Play with Social Materials
79
Play with Rules
103
Ritualized Play 1 11
111
Learning to Play
123
Play and the Real World
145
References
169
Suggested Reading
177
Index
180
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About the author (1990)

Catherine Garvey is Professor of Psychology, University of Maine, Orono.

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