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Lynch, Meghan – American Journal of Play, 2015
?The past decade has seen an increase in research documenting the benefi?ts of children learning through play. However, the amount of play in American kindergarten classes remains on a steady decline. ?This article compares the ?findings from a netnographic study of seventy-eight kindergarten teachers' message board discussions about play in…
Descriptors: Play, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education
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Mo????ller, Signe?? Juhl? – American Journal of Play, 2015
Based on a four-month experimental study of preschool children's play with creative-construction and social-fantasy toys, the author examines the in?uence of both types of toys on the play of preschool children. Her comparative analysis considers the impact of transformative play on the development of imagination during play activities and…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Play, Toys, Imagination
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Fiorelli, Julie A.; Russ, Sandra W. – American Journal of Play, 2012
Researchers, the authors state, link play to cognitive and affective processes important for a child's development and overall well-being. In this article, the authors examine the relationships involving pretend play, coping, and subjective well-being (the last of which they conceptualize as positive affect--positive mood--and life satisfaction)…
Descriptors: Females, Psychological Patterns, Play, Coping
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American Journal of Play, 2009
Vivian Gussin Paley is a teacher, writer, lecturer, and advocate for the importance of play for young children. Author of a dozen books about children learning through play, she has received numerous honors and awards including an Erickson Institute Award for Service to Children, a MacArthur Foundation Fellows award, and a John Dewey Society's…
Descriptors: Play, Child Development, Friendship, Fantasy
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Winther-Lindqvist, Ditte – American Journal of Play, 2009
Beginning with Lev Vygotsky's long-established assertion that the play of children always involves both imaginary play and rules of behavior, this article argues for a theoretical framework that connects such play with the construction of social identities in kindergarten peer groups. It begins with a discussion of Ivy Schousboe's model of the…
Descriptors: Play, Child Behavior, Social Influences, Kindergarten