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Feldman, Daniel – American Journal of Play, 2019
The author demonstrates that war places children's play under acute stress but does not eliminate it. He argues that the persistence of children's play and games during periods of armed conflict reflects the significance of play as a key mode for children to cope with conditions of war. Episodes of children's play drawn from the recent Syrian…
Descriptors: War, Play, Stress Variables, Coping
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Heljakka, Katriina; Harviainen, J. Tuomas – American Journal of Play, 2019
Toys both guide and foster the play--and stimulate the imaginations--of players of all ages. The authors investigate adult use of toys as a point of entry to the world play of both transmedia-connected and stand alone toy characters--dolls, action figures, and soft toys. They point to how adult toy players engage actively in world building in…
Descriptors: Toys, Drama, Imagination, Popular Culture
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Shen, Yih-Jiun; Ramirez, Sylvia Z.; Kranz, Peter L.; Tao, Xinhua; Ji, Yuanhong – American Journal of Play, 2018
The growing interest in addressing the mental health needs of Chinese children through play therapy calls for an understanding of the cultural roots and norms of Chinese families. To help professionals succeed in this traditionally Western treatment when providing cross-cultural play therapy, the authors make recommendations concerning the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mental Health, Play Therapy, Cultural Influences
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Sommer, Maria; Sommer, Dion – American Journal of Play, 2017
The authors note that ancient Athens, in important ways, connected children, toys, and play. But they also find the scholarship of toys sparse and scattered. They discuss obstacles that can skew our modern view of the Greek mind, and they caution that modern eyes should not see play where the Greeks saw ritual and religious devotion. With these…
Descriptors: Toys, Archaeology, Developmental Psychology, Surveys
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Banchich, Thomas – American Journal of Play, 2017
The author uses the inscriptions and images on several ancient Greek vases to consider how social context, the meanings of play-related words, and particular features of the Greek language contributed to the ability to signal and perceive playfulness. He emphasizes the importance of the lexical range of some Greek words and how expectations linked…
Descriptors: Indo European Languages, Play, Humor, Foreign Countries
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Sandseter, Ellen Beate Hansen; Sando, Ole Johan – American Journal of Play, 2016
The authors point out a basic contradiction: On one hand, we want to keep children as safe as possible; On the other, they suggest, learning to take risks is a normal part of childhood and child development. In Norway, research has shown that early-childhood education and care (ECEC) practitioners have, in the past, taken a permissive approach to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Children, Child Safety
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King, Pete; Howard, Justine – American Journal of Play, 2016
The authors explore the use of three basic tenets from Self-Determination Theory--competence, relatedness, and autonomy--for a definition of play that resists the current popular call for play to be freely chosen. They explore whether free play truly exists and whether complete choice constitutes an absolute requirement for children to consider…
Descriptors: Self Determination, Play, Student Motivation, Children
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Roopnarine, Jaipaul L.; Davidson, Kimberly L. – American Journal of Play, 2015
In this article, the authors argue for a greater understanding of children's play across cultures through better integration of scientific thinking about the developed and developing societies, through consideration of socialization beliefs and goals, and, finally, through the use of more complex models in research investigations. They draw on…
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Play, Cultural Differences, Socialization
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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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American Journal of Play, 2015
Thomas S. Henricks is the J. Earl Danieley Professor of Sociology and Distinguished University Professor at Elon University. Since receiving his doctorate in sociology at the University of Chicago, Henricks has investigated the sociology of sports from the fandom of modern American professional wrestling to the relationship between sports and…
Descriptors: Play, Interviews, Self Expression, Social Influences
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Duncan, Pauline Agnieszka – American Journal of Play, 2015
Play, an elusive concept despite the extensive literature on the subject, remains especially problematic for research focused on the perspective of children. The author discusses her study on children's perspectives about play, exploring drawing as a method for learning how young children conceptualize play within a social-semiotic framework. Her…
Descriptors: Play, Childhood Attitudes, Childrens Art, Freehand Drawing
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Mathur, Smita; Parameswaran, Gowri – American Journal of Play, 2015
The authors explore gender differences in the play of children of migrant farm workers from Mexico. They review the literature that indicates children exhibit gender differences in their play as early as three years old, but the authors claim their findings do not corroborate the existing research on gender differences in play. The twenty-one…
Descriptors: Play, Gender Differences, Migrant Children, Migrant Workers
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Proyer, René T.; Wagner, Lisa – American Journal of Play, 2015
The authors elaborate on the role of playfulness as a preferred characteristic in potential long-term partners recently espoused by Garry Chick and others. They aim to replicate the findings of such research by studying a different culture (that of German-speaking countries) and to develop them further by taking into account the participants'…
Descriptors: Play, Foreign Countries, Individual Characteristics, Interpersonal Relationship
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Bourke, Tina M.; Sargisson, Rebecca J. – American Journal of Play, 2014
Playgrounds with spaces that attract children increase the likelihood children will use them, the authors note, and playgrounds offer an opportunity for children to experience the risks of outdoor play. The authors used natural observation to study the children at play in a newly built New Zealand playground where such an important kind of…
Descriptors: Play, Playgrounds, Foreign Countries, Preferences
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Fouts, Hillary N.; Hallam, Rena A.; Purandare, Swapna – American Journal of Play, 2013
Gender segregation in early-childhood social play is a pervasive pattern in North America, and child-development scholars have suggested it is a human universal. But very few researchers have looked at gender segregation in small-scale societies, particularly those of hunter-gatherers, whom the authors here call foragers. The authors present their…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Play, Young Children, Foreign Countries
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