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Bodrova, Elena; Leong, Deborah J. – American Journal of Play, 2015
The authors argue that childhood played a special role in the cultural-historical theory of human culture and biosocial development made famous by Soviet psychologist Lev S. Vygotsky and his circle. Th?ey discuss how this school of thought has, in turn, influenced contemporary play studies. Vygotsky used early childhood to test and refi?ne his…
Descriptors: Play, Cultural Influences, Social History, Social Development
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Berk, Laura E.; Meyers, Adena B. – American Journal of Play, 2013
The authors discuss the association between make-believe play and the development of executive-function (EF) skills in young children. Some forty years ago, Lev S. Vygotsky first proposed that make-believe fosters the development of symbolic thought and self-regulation. Since then, a small body of research has produced evidence of an association…
Descriptors: Play, Executive Function, Young Children, Child Development
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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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Cohen, Lynn E. – American Journal of Play, 2011
Twentieth-century Russian literary critic and semiotician Mikhail Bakhtin developed an emology that linked carnival, authority, and laughter. Drawing on his work, the author investigates hidden parent-child interactions and children's discourse in early-childhood play. She argues that Bakhtin's ideas of carnival and its discourses apply to young…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Persuasive Discourse, Play, Preschool Teachers
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Roskos, Kathleen; Christie, James – American Journal of Play, 2011
A growing body of research has focused on the role of play in young children's literacy development and early-literacy learning. In reviewing this research, the authors define the play-literacy nexus as that space where play, language, and emerging literacy behaviors converge and interact. They describe findings about the play-literacy nexus…
Descriptors: Play, Emergent Literacy, Young Children, Early Childhood Education
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Marks-Tarlow, Terry – American Journal of Play, 2010
In this article, the author draws on contemporary science to illuminate the relationship between early play experiences, processes of self-development, and the later emergence of the fractal self. She argues that orientation within social space is a primary function of early play and developmentally a two-step process. With other people and with…
Descriptors: Play, Young Children, Child Development, Developmental Stages
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Kawash, Samira – American Journal of Play, 2010
The Candy Land board game has been in production since 1949 and remains one of the best-known and biggest-selling children's board games of all time. Beginning with the fiftieth-anniversary edition in 1998, Hasbro Inc. has promoted the story of how a retired schoolteacher named Eleanor Abbott came to invent Candy Land while recuperating in a polio…
Descriptors: Games, Child Health, Public Health, United States History
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Sarama, Julie; Clements, Douglas H. – American Journal of Play, 2009
The authors explore how children's play can support the development of the foundations of mathematics learning and how adults can support children's representation of--and thus the "mathematization" of--their play. The authors review research about the amount and nature of mathematics found in the free play of children. They briefly…
Descriptors: Play, Cognitive Development, Child Development, Mathematics Skills
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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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Provenzo, Eugene F., Jr. – American Journal of Play, 2009
Friedrich Froebel, the German educator and founder of the Kindergarten Movement, developed a series of play materials including geometric building blocks and pattern activity blocks designed to teach children about forms and relationships found in nature. Froebel's notions about using activity and play in preschool education complement many…
Descriptors: Play, Spiritual Development, Aesthetics, Toys
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Buchanan, Michelle; Johnson, Tricia Giovacco – American Journal of Play, 2009
The authors investigate the nature of child play for young children with disabilities using two different research models--the traditional psychoeducational research paradigm and the more recent interdisciplinary approach of the childhood studies paradigm. They base their discussion on a research study of toddlers with disabilities, and they…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Play, Young Children, Psychoeducational Methods
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Nwokah, Evangeline E.; Graves, Kelly N. – American Journal of Play, 2009
This article examines the creation of novel words by two English-speaking male siblings, ages five- and six-years-old, during a fourteen-month period of weekly play sessions. The questions the article addresses are: Did the boys produce novel words? What types of words? Why were these words created? and Did they become a permanent part of the…
Descriptors: Play, Imagination, Novelty (Stimulus Dimension), Vocabulary
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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
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Homeyer, Linda E.; Morrison, Mary O. – American Journal of Play, 2008
Play therapy is an effective means of responding to the mental health needs of young children and is widely accepted as a valuable and developmentally appropriate intervention. The authors discuss the importance of play in development, the therapeutic benefits of play, the rich history of play therapy, and recent research and current issues and…
Descriptors: Play Therapy, Young Children, Mental Health, Intervention