Play = Learning: How Play Motivates and Enhances Childrens Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth

Paperback | October 8, 2009

byDorothy G. Singer, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-pasek

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Why is it that the best and brightest of our children are arriving at college too burned out to profit from the smorgasbord of intellectual delights that they are offered? Why is it that some preschools and kindergartens have a majority of children struggling to master cognitive tasks that areinappropriate for their age? Why is playtime often considered to be time unproductively spent?In Play=Learning, top experts in child development and learning contend that the answers to these questions stem from a single source: in the rush to create a generation of Einsteins, our culture has forgotten about the importance of play for children's development. Presenting a powerful argumentabout the pervasive and long-term effects of play, Singer, Golinkoff, and Hirsh-Pasek urge researchers and practitioners to reconsider the ways play facilitates development across domains. Over forty years of developmental research indicates that play has enormous benefits to offer children, not theleast of which is physical activity in this era of obesity and hypertension. Play provides children with the opportunity to maximize their attention spans, learn to get along with peers, cultivate their creativity, work through their emotions, and gain the academic skills that are the foundation forlater learning. Using a variety of methods and studying a wide range of populations, the contributors to this volume demonstrate the powerful effects of play in the intellectual, social, and emotional spheres.Play=Learning will be an important resource for students and researchers in developmental psychology. Its research-based policy recommendations will be valuable to teachers, counselors, and school psychologists in their quest to reintroduce play and joyful learning into our school rooms and livingrooms.

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Why is it that the best and brightest of our children are arriving at college too burned out to profit from the smorgasbord of intellectual delights that they are offered? Why is it that some preschools and kindergartens have a majority of children struggling to master cognitive tasks that areinappropriate for their age? Why is playtim...

Dorothy G. Singer received her doctorate in School Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is Senior Research Scientist, Department of Psychology, Yale University. She is also Co-Director, with Jerome L. Singer, of the Yale University Family Television Research and Consultation Center. An expert on early childhood d...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.79 inPublished:October 8, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Prologue1. Roberta M. Golinkoff, Kathryn A. Hirsh-Pasek, and Dorothy G. Singer: Why Play=Learning: A Call for ChangeChallenges to Play2. Edward F. Zigler and Sandra J. Bishop-Josef: The Cognitive Child vs. the Whole Child: Lessons from 40 Years of Head Start3. Anthony D. Pellegrini and Robyn M. Holmes: The Role of Recess in Primary SchoolSchool Readiness - School Standards4. James F. Christie and Kathleen A. Roskos: Standards, Science, and the Role of Play in Early Literacy Education5. Laura E. Berk, Trisha D. Mann, and Amy T. Ogan: Make-Believe Play: Wellspring for Development of Self-Regul6. Harvey F. Bellin and Dorothy G. Singer: 'My Magic Story Car': Video-Based Play Intervention to Strengthen Emergent Literary of At-Risk Preschoolers7. Angelika Nicolopoulou, Judith McDowell, and Carolyn Brockmeyer: Narrative Play and Emergent Literacy: Storytelling and Story-acting Meets Journal Writing8. Herbert P. Ginsburg: Mathematical Play and Playful Mathematics: A Guide for Early EducationMedia and Computers9. Deborah S. Weber: Media Use by Infants and Toddlers: A Potential for Play10. Mitchel Resnick: Computer as Paint Brush: Technology, Play, and the Creative SocietyPlay With Dysfunctional Children11. Wendy Haight, James Black, Teresa Jacobsen, and Kathryn Sheridan: Pretend Play and Emotion Learning in Traumatized Mothers and Children12. Melissa Allen Preissler: Play and Autism: Facilitating Symbolic UnderstandingEpilogue13. Jerome L. Singer: Learning to Play and Learning Through PlayIndex/Contributors