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Lillard, Angeline S. – American Journal of Play, 2013
Although Montessori education is often considered a form of playful learning, Maria Montessori herself spoke negatively about a major component of playful learning--pretend play, or fantasy--for young children. In this essay, the author discusses this apparent contradiction: how and why Montessori education includes elements of playful learning…
Descriptors: Play, Montessori Method, Fantasy, Outcomes of Education
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Witherspoon, Lisa; Manning, John P. – American Journal of Play, 2012
The authors examine technology-driven games--especially active gaming--as an evolving form of children's play. They offer an overview of play and its developmental benefits, describe the literature on the emergence of technology-driven play, and reflect on the diminishment of physical play in contemporary culture. They suggest that active gaming,…
Descriptors: Play, Educational Games, Computer Games, Video Games
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Holmes, Robyn M. – American Journal of Play, 2012
Based on a study of 149 parochial-school students enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade, this article explores children's outdoor recess activities in an urban setting--with a focus on how age, gender, and size of play group influence their outdoor play preferences--and examines changes in children's activity preferences over a single…
Descriptors: Play, Urban Schools, Obesity, Parochial Schools
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Holmes, Robyn M. – American Journal of Play, 2011
This article describes how adult attitudes toward play on the Hawaiian island of Lana'i reflect the connection between play and culture. It is based on a study of ninety-two caregivers (parents, grandparents, and other adult custodians), primarily representing individuals of Filipino, part Hawaiian, and Japanese heritages. These respondents…
Descriptors: Play, Caregivers, Caregiver Attitudes, Caregiver Role
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Gray, Peter – American Journal of Play, 2011
From an evolutionary perspective, the normal social play of children involves kids of various ages. Our human and great-ape ancestors most likely lived in small groups with low birth rates, which made play with others of nearly the same age rare. Consequently, the evolutionary functions of children's social play are best understood by examining…
Descriptors: Play, Role Models, Mixed Age Grouping, Age Differences