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Play = Learning: How Play Motivates and Enhances Children's Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth

Dorothy G. Singer, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

Abstract

Why is it that the best and brightest of our children are arriving at college too burned out to profit from the smorgasbord of intellectual delights that they are offered? Why is it that some preschools and kindergartens have a majority of children struggling to master cognitive tasks that are inappropriate for their age? Why is playtime often considered to be time unproductively spent? This book contends that the answers to these questions stem from a single source: in the rush to create a generation of Einsteins, our culture has forgotten about the importance of play for children's developme ... More

Keywords: preschool, kindergarten, playtime, children, development, creativity, learning, physical activity, emotional health, academic skills

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195304381
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304381.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dorothy G. Singer, editor
Yale University

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, editor
University of Delaware

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, editor
Temple University

Contents

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1 Why Play = Learning: A Challenge for Parents and Educators

ROBERTA MICHNICK GOLINKOFF, KATHY HIRSH-PASEK, and DOROTHY G. SINGER

Part I Challenges to Play

3 The Role of Recess in Primary School

ANTHONY D. PELLEGRINI, and ROBYN M. HOLMES

Part II School Readiness—School Standards

5 Make-Believe Play: Wellspring for Development of Self-Regulation

LAURA E. BERK, TRISHA D. MANN, and AMY T. OGAN

7 Narrative Play and Emergent Literacy: Storytelling and Story-Acting Meet Journal Writing

AGELIKI NICOLOPOULOU, JUDITH MCDOWELL, and CAROLYN BROCKMEYER

Part III Media and Computers

Part IV Play With Dysfunctional Children

11 Pretend Play and Emotion Learning in Traumatized Mothers and Children

WENDY HAIGHT, JAMES BLACK, TERESA OSTLER, and KATHRYN SHERIDAN

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