Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Role of Play in Human Development$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Anthony Pellegrini

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195367324

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367324.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 22 July 2018

Play: What Is It?

Play: What Is It?

Chapter:
(p.6) 2 Play: What Is It?
Source:
The Role of Play in Human Development
Author(s):

Anthony D. Pellegrini

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367324.003.0002

The study of play is interesting for a number of reasons, not least of which is the sheer variety of scholarship on the topic. Scholars from anthropology, through education, history and psychology, and zoology have studied it. Consequently, the study of play has been subjected to an enormously rich variety of theory and methods. Despite this diversity, what all of these scholars agree on is that play is incredibly difficult to define. This chapter reviews a wide array of opinion on how behavior should be categorized as play, ranging from structural and behavioral, to functional, consequential, and causal, motivational definitions.

Keywords:   play behavior, child development, human play, non-human animal play

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .