Theory in Context and Out

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - Education - 434 pages
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Theory in and out of Context furthers discourse and understanding about the complex phenomenon we know as play. Play, as a human and animal activity, can be understood in terms of cultural, social, evolutionary, psychological, and philosophical perspectives.This effort necessarily includes inquiry from a range of disciplines, including history, sociology, psychology, education, biology, anthropology, and leisure studies. Work from a number of those disciplines is represented in this book.

This volume includes sections covering Foundations and Theory of Play, Gender and Children's Play, Theory of Mind, Adult-Child Play, and Classroom Play. Scholarly analyses and reports of research from diverse disciplines amplify our understanding of play in Western and non-Western societies.

 

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Contents

What Is Play For? Sexual Selection and the Evolution of Play
3
Reframing the Variability of Players and Play
27
Play and Postmodernism
51
The Concept of Play in Hans Georg Gadamers Hermeneutics An Educational Approach
73
Symbolic Play and the Evolution of Culture A Comparative Life History Perspective
97
Boys Who Play Hopscotch The Historical Divide of a Gendered Space
111
The Interaction of Gender and Play Style in the Development of Gender Segregation
131
Boys and Girls at Play Recess at a Southern Urban Elementary School
147
III
261
Maternal Scaffolding of Taiwanese Play Qualitative Patterns
263
Parental Notions about Their Childrens Playfulness and Childrens Notions of Play in the United States and Hong Kong
291
Validity of Three Tests of Playfulness with African American Children and Their Parents and Relationships among Parental Beliefs and Values and C...
315
Attitudes of Parents and Teachers about Play Aggression in Young Children
335
IV
355
Play as a Learning Medium Revisited
357
The Effects of Situational Context on Playful Behaviors of Young Preschool Children
367

II
171
Explaining the Connection Pretend Play and Theory of Mind
173
Imaginary Companions Characteristics and Correlates
179
A Study of Pretend Play and False Belief in Preschool Children Is All Pretense Metarepresentational?
199
A Developmental Link Between the Production of Gestural Representation and Understanding of Mental Representation
217
Pretending Understanding Pretense and Understanding Minds
233
Understanding the PretenseTheory of Mind Relationship
255
Bilingual Childrens Language Usage During Dramatic Play
391
Factors in Three to FiveYearOld Childrens Play
401
Author Index
417
Subject Index
427
About the Contributors
433
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STUART REIFEL is Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches in the early childhood education program in the College of Education./e He has studied children's play in schools and homes for the past twenty years, and specializes in the meanings of children's play in their developmental contexts. He served as President for The Association for the Study of Play.

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