A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Applying the Scientific Evidence

Paperback | October 30, 2008

byKathy Hirsh-pasekEditorMichnick Golinkoff, Berk

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We are robbing young children of play time at home and school in an effort to give them a head start on academic skills like reading and mathematics. Yet the scientific evidence suggests that eliminating play from the lives of children is taking preschool education in the wrong direction. Thisbrief but compelling book provides a strong counterargument to the rising tide of didactic instruction on preschool classrooms. The authors present scientific evidence in support of three points: 1) children need both unstructured free time and playful learning under the gentle guidance of adults to best prepare for entrance into formal school; 2) academic and social development are inextricably intertwined, so academiclearning must not trump attention to social development; and 3) learning and play are not incompatible. Rather, playful learning captivates children's minds in ways that support better academic and social outcomes as well as strategies for lifelong learning.Written in clear and expressive language, this book offers a comprehensive review of research supporting playful learning along with succinct policy and practice recommendations that derive from this research. A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool is a must read for teachers, policy makers,and parents interested in educating a generation of life-long learners who are ready for school and ready to compete in the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century.

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We are robbing young children of play time at home and school in an effort to give them a head start on academic skills like reading and mathematics. Yet the scientific evidence suggests that eliminating play from the lives of children is taking preschool education in the wrong direction. Thisbrief but compelling book provides a strong...

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Professor in the Department of Psychology at Temple University, where she serves as Director of the Infant Language Laboratory. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania. Her research in the areas of early la...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 5.39 × 8.11 × 0.39 inPublished:October 30, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195382714

ISBN - 13:9780195382716

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Table of Contents

Edward Zigler: ForewordExecutive Summary1. What Happened to Playful Learning in Preschool?2. The Evidence for Playful Learning in Preschool3. EpilogueBibliographyAuthor IndexSubject Index