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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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Mechling, Jay – American Journal of Play, 2016
For Sigmund Freud, the terms "dreamwork" and "jokework" denoted the process by which the mind displaces social and psychological anxieties and permits them to emerge disguised in dreams and jokes. This article posits a similar process for "sandwork." Examining the ways people play with sand in its three basic…
Descriptors: Play, Playground Activities, Reflection, Children
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Pendlebury, Kate – American Journal of Play, 2016
The author argues that children's books are not, as commonly held, either didactic or entertaining and that successful juvenile literature teaches what Lewis Carroll, who wrote "Alice in Wonderland," termed "mental recreation." Pendlebury contends that learning and play, far from being opposites, can closely resemble one…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Children, Play, Recreational Activities
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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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West, Samuel E.; Hoff, Eva; Carlsson, Ingegerd – American Journal of Play, 2016
The authors investigate the links between playfulness and creative organizational climates established by other research, using play cues--objects and sweets--they provide participants halfway through workplace meetings. Their findings suggest such cues significantly enhance the creative climate and playfulness in workplace meetings without…
Descriptors: Play, Productivity, Cues, Creativity
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Thomson, Paula; Jaque, S. Victoria – American Journal of Play, 2016
Although exposure to traumatic events runs high among Americans, only a few--about 8.7 percent--of those exposed to such events develop symptoms that warrant a diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The authors investigate two groups--dancers and athletes, including some who suffered from PTSD and some who did not--and found a higher…
Descriptors: Creativity, Coping, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Dance
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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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S?????hields, Rachel – American Journal of Play, 2015
The author defines play as something beyond culture and its quotidian practices, discussing play as an embodied, affective experience that cannot be fully conveyed using conventional language. She looks at notions of play in the political philosophy and cultural criticism of the late-modern thinkers of late-capitalist society and notes that,…
Descriptors: Play, Philosophy, Political Issues, Cultural Influences
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American Journal of Play, 2015
Phyllis Booth is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a licensed clinical professional counselor, a registered play therapist and supervisor, and Clinical Director Emeritus of the Theraplay Institute in Evanston, Illinois. Her professional career includes training in clinical psychology at what is now University of Chicago Medicine, teaching…
Descriptors: Play, Play Therapy, Counseling Techniques, Profiles
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Henricks, Thomas S. – American Journal of Play, 2015
The author investigates what he believes one of the more important aspects of play--the experience it generates in its participants. He considers the quality of this experience in relation to five ways of viewing play--as action, interaction, activity, disposition, and within a context. He treats broadly the different forms of affect, including…
Descriptors: Play, Teaching Methods, Interaction, Affective Behavior
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Bergen, Doris – American Journal of Play, 2015
In this survey of the research on psychological approaches to play, the author outlines its various focuses on the similarities and differences in the thinking and behavior of individuals and groups in relation to play and on the environmental factors that influence these. She notes that although psychologists often use standard experimental…
Descriptors: Play, Psychology, Research Methodology, Researchers
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Bartanen, Michael D.; Littlefield, Robert S. – American Journal of Play, 2015
The authors identify competitive speech and debate as a form of play that helped democratize American citizenship for the poor, who used what they learned through the practice to advance their personal social and economic goals. In addition, this competitive activity led to the development of speech communication as an academic discipline and…
Descriptors: Competition, Speech Communication, Debate, Play
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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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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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