The Oxford Handbook of the Development of Play

ISBN : 9780190247041

Anthony D. Pellegrini
400 Pages
182 x 254 mm
Pub date
Apr 2015
Oxford Library of Psychology
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The role of play in human development has long been the subject of controversy. Despite being championed by many of the foremost scholars of the twentieth century, play has been dogged by underrepresentation and marginalization in literature across the scientific disciplines. The Oxford Handbook of the Development of Play marks the first attempt to examine the development of children's play through a rigorous and multidisciplinary approach. Comprising chapters from the foremost scholars in psychology, anthropology, and evolutionary biology, this handbook resets the landscape of developmental science and makes a compelling case for the benefits of play. Edited by respected play researcher Anthony D. Pellegrini, The Oxford Handbook of the Development of Play is both a scientific accomplishment and a shot across the bow for parents, educators, and policymakers regarding the importance of children's play in both development and learning.


Part One: Introduction and Overview
1. Introduction
Anthony D. Pellegrini
Part Two: Definitions
2. Defining and Recognizing Play
Gordon M. Burghardt
3. Cultural Variations in Beliefs about Play, Parent-Child Play, and Children's Play: Meaning for Childhood Development
Jaipaul L. Roopnarine
Part Three: Theories
4. Theories of Play
Patrick Bateson
5. Comparing and Extending Piaget's and Vygotsky's Understandings of Play:
Symbolic play as Individual, Sociocultural, and Educational Interpretation
Artin Goncu and Suzanne Gaskins
6. Gene X Environment Interactions and Social Play: Contributions from Rhesus Macaques
Khalisa N. Herman, Annika Paukner, and Stephen J. Suomi
7. Playing at Every Age: Modalities and Potential Functions in Non-Human Primates
Elisabetta Palagi
8. Play and Development
Robert M. Fagen
9. The History of Children's Play in the United States
Howard P. Chudacoff
10. The Antipathies of Play
Brian Sutton-Smith
Part Four: Methods
11. The Cultural Ecology of Play: Methodological Considerations for Studying Play in Its Everyday Contexts
Jonathan R. H. Tudge, Jill R. Brown, and Lia B. L. Freitas
12. Observational Methods in Studying Play
Peter K. Smith
Part Five: Dimensions of Play
13. Object Play and Tool Use: Developmental and Evolutionary Perspectives
David F. Bjorklund and Amy K. Gardiner
14. The Development and Function of Locomotor Play
Anthony D. Pellegrini
15. Not Just "Playing Alone": Exploring Multiple Forms of Nonsocial Play in Childhood
Robert J. Coplan
16. Internalizing and Externalizing Disorders during Childhood: Implications for Social Play
David Schwartz and Daryaneh Badaly
17. Gender and Temperament in Young Children's Social Interactions
Carol Lynn Martin, Richard A. Fabes, Laura D. Hanish
18. Social Play of Children with Adults and Peers
Carollee Howes
19. Rough-and-Tumble play: Training and Using the Social Brain
Sergio M. Pellis and Vivien C. Pellis
20. Children's Games and Playground Activities in School and Their Role in Development
Ed Baines and Peter Blatchford
21. Mother-Child Fantasy Play
Angeline S. Lillard
22. Origins and Consequences of Social Pretend Play
Robert D. Kavanaugh
23. The Development of Pretend Play in Autism
Christopher Jarrold and Carmel Conn
24. Technology and Play
Jeffrey Goldstein
Part Six: Education
25. Playing around in School: Implications for Learning and Educational Policy
Kelly Fisher, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta M. Golinkoff, Dorothy G. Singer, and Laura Berk
Part Seven: Conclusion
26. Conclusion
Anthony D. Pellegrini

About the author: 

Anthony D. Pellegrini, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota.

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