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Wright, J. Talmadge – American Journal of Play, 2018
Critiquing and expanding Huizinga's theory of play in "Homo Ludens," the author argues for play as a means to access what is real and introduces a new model of play he calls the containment play expression (CPE) to challenge traditional notions about the opposition between play and work. This model, he contends, bridges this gap between…
Descriptors: Play, Role Playing, Computer Games, Social Theories
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Hyndman, Brendon; Benson, Amanda; Telford, Amanda – American Journal of Play, 2016
Because children spend so much of their time in schools, their playgrounds offer a good setting for promoting active play in young lives. Teachers, instead of considering active play a taxing demand on their busy day, have begun to develop an informal curriculum for it. The authors review the research on children's active play and explores its…
Descriptors: Play, Playgrounds, Informal Education, Physical Environment
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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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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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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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Pellis, Sergio M.; Pellis, Vivien C.; Himmler, Brett T. – American Journal of Play, 2014
Studies of rats and some primates show that rough-and-tumble play among juveniles improves social competence, cognition, and emotional regulation later in life. Most critically, such play makes animals better able to respond to unexpected situations. But not all animals engage in play, and not all animals that play appear to gain these benefits.…
Descriptors: Play, Animals, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Children
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Fine, Gary Alan – American Journal of Play, 2014
Chess is a game of minds, bodies, and emotions. Most players recognize each of these as essential to playful competition, and all three are embedded in social relations. Thus chess, despite its reputation as a game of the mind, is not only a deeply thoughtful exercise, but also a test of physical endurance and strong emotions in its joys and…
Descriptors: Play, Games, Emotional Response, Psychological Patterns
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Weisberg, Deena Skolnick; Zosh, Jennifer M.; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick – American Journal of Play, 2013
Play helps children learn language, the authors claim, and they review the evidence for it. They suggest that play benefits children's language development because it incorporates many of the socially interactive and cognitive elements known to enhance language skills. Although much of this evidence proves correlational, they point to a…
Descriptors: Play, Children, Language Acquisition, Language Skills
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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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Marks-Tarlow, Terry – American Journal of Play, 2012
The author reviews the role of play within psychotherapy. She does not discuss the formal play therapy especially popular for young children, nor play from the Jungian perspective that encourages the use of the sand tray with adults. Instead, she focuses on the informal use of play during psychotherapy as it is orchestrated intuitively. Because…
Descriptors: Play Therapy, Psychotherapy, Counseling Techniques, Play
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Worch, Eric A. – American Journal of Play, 2012
Red colobus monkeys are playful primates, making them an important species in which to study animal play. The author examines play behaviors and responses in the species for its play initiation events, age differences in initiating frequency and initiating behavior, and the types of social play that result from specific initiating behaviors. Out…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Animals, Play, Animal Behavior
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Gray, Peter – American Journal of Play, 2011
Over the past half century, in the United States and other developed nations, children's free play with other children has declined sharply. Over the same period, anxiety, depression, suicide, feelings of helplessness, and narcissism have increased sharply in children, adolescents, and young adults. This article documents these historical changes…
Descriptors: Psychopathology, Adolescents, Depression (Psychology), Play
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Lancy, David F.; Grove, M. Annette – American Journal of Play, 2011
The authors review several case studies of children engaged in rule-governed play and conclude that the process of learning rules--and of breaking them and making new ones--promotes what they call gamesmanship. They link the development of gamesmanship to the theory of Machiavellian intelligence, which considers social interaction primary in the…
Descriptors: Intelligence, Interpersonal Relationship, Play, Social Development
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Henricks, Thomas S. – American Journal of Play, 2011
Seeking to understand play as part of a more general theory of human relationships, the author defines play as one of four fundamental categories of behavior, the others being work, ritual, and communitas. He discusses how each of these behaviors is organized as a "pathway" that offers distinctive opportunities for experiencing life and for…
Descriptors: Play, Participation, Behavior, Interpersonal Relationship
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