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Bergen, Doris – American Journal of Play, 2009
In recent years, playful methods of learning have almost disappeared from school classrooms, and active, creative, extended playtimes during recess, at home, and in neighborhoods have also greatly diminished. This disappearance of play is especially unfortunate because it is happening at the very time that professionals in many scientific,…
Descriptors: Play, STEM Education, Creative Thinking, Innovation
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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
Stuart L. Brown is founder of the National Institute for Play, a California-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the notion that play can help transform the lives of individuals, families, schools, and organizations. Trained in general and internal medicine, psychiatry, and clinical research, Brown was a physician in the United States…
Descriptors: Play, Brain, Child Development, Interviews
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Gray, Peter – American Journal of Play, 2009
The author offers the thesis that hunter-gatherers promoted, through cultural means, the playful side of their human nature and this made possible their egalitarian, nonautocratic, intensely cooperative ways of living. Hunter-gatherer bands, with their fluid membership, are likened to social-play groups, which people could freely join or leave.…
Descriptors: Play, Cultural Influences, Child Development, Skill Development
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American Journal of Play, 2009
Bowen White is a physician. He founded the Department of Preventive and Stress Medicine at the Baptist Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1983 and later established the center's Department of Wellness and Health Promotion. White is also a clown who goes by the name of Dr. Jerko. For years he mixed these dual interests, skills, and egos…
Descriptors: Play, Wellness, Health Promotion, Physicians
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Perry, Jane P.; Branum, Lisa – American Journal of Play, 2009
This article looks anew at the important role of physically active, outdoor play in children's social and cognitive development and the role of adults in supporting active, child-directed outdoor play. The authors describe the concept of play ecologies to highlight how children experience their environment as enlivened by their interactive…
Descriptors: Play, Physical Activities, Social Development, Cognitive Development
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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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Eberle, Scott G. – American Journal of Play, 2009
Play often rewards us with a thrill or a sense of wonder. But, just over the edge of play, uncanny objects like dolls, automata, robots, and realistic animations may become monstrous rather than marvelous. Drawing from diverse sources, literary evidence, psychological and psychoanalytic theory, new insights in neuroscience, marketing literature,…
Descriptors: Play, Emotional Response, Psychological Patterns, Psychology
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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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Henricks, Thomas S. – American Journal of Play, 2009
Play is sometimes said to be paradoxical because it displays one quality and the opposite of that quality at the same time. One of the best examples of this is the copresence of order and disorder. This article explores the differences between orderly and disorderly play. The author emphasizes the ways in which any event can be said to be orderly…
Descriptors: Play, Cultural Influences, Social Influences, Psychological Patterns
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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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Monnens, Devin; Vowell, Zach; Ruggill, Judd Ethan; McAllister, Ken S.; Armstrong, Andrew – American Journal of Play, 2009
Over the last four decades, electronic games have profoundly changed the way people play, learn, and connect with each other. Despite the tremendous impact of electronic games, however, until recently, relatively few programs existed to preserve them for future generations of players and researchers. Recognizing the need to save the original…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Video Games, Preservation, Play
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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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American Journal of Play, 2009
Penny Wilson is a playworker--one of a group of professionals who facilitate children's play in adventure playgrounds, parks, and other settings, principally in the United Kingdom. Wilson grew up in the Southeast of England and spent much of her childhood playing on the coast near her family home. She studied illustration in art school, settled in…
Descriptors: Play, Children, Foreign Countries, Playgrounds
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Singer, Dorothy G.; Singer, Jerome L.; D'Agnostino, Heidi; DeLong, Raeka – American Journal of Play, 2009
This article is based on a study of the role of play and experiential-learning activities beyond formal schooling in sixteen nations. The study, supported by Unilever PLC, gathered information from the mothers of twenty-four hundred children in countries in North America, South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia who described and rated their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Recreational Activities, Children
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