Children and Play

Children and Play : Understanding Children's Worlds

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The role of play in child development is a source of ongoing interest and debate. In this book, renowned expert Peter Smith offers an expansive definition of the term "play", taking an in-depth look at its impact on children, as well as its adaptive value for birds and mammals, including primates. Using both contemporary and classic research, Smith examines how different age groups and sexes participate in a wide variety of play, including exercise and rough-and- tumble play, fantasy play and imaginary friends, and play with objects. The book gauges the function of play in early childhood education and makes the case for and against recess breaks in school. How play occurs in different societies and among various populations - including children with special needs - is also explored. With its comprehensive coverage of theoretical, historical, cross-cultural, and evolutionary perspectives, Children and Play holds significant insights for parents, educators, and clinicians.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 18mm | 421.84g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, figures
  • 0631235221
  • 9780631235224
  • 377,129

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"In his new book Understanding Children's Worlds: Children and Play, Smith brings his considerable expertise to a wide range of issues... Overall, this volume provides a readable summary of the current research and theory on children's play, and it would be an excellent textbook or supplementary reading for an undergraduate or graduate class on child development, social development, or children's play." (American Journal of Play, 2011)

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The role of play in development is a source of ongoing interest and debate. In this book, renowned expert Peter Smith offers an expansive definition of the term "play," taking an in-depth look at its impact on children, as well as its adaptive value in animals. Using both contemporary and classic research, Smith examines how different age groups and sexes participate in a wide variety of play, including physical and rough-and-tumble play, play with objects, fantasy play and imaginary friends. The book gauges the function of play in early childhood education and the case for and against recess breaks in school. How play occurs in different societies and among various populations - including children with special needs - is also explored. With its comprehensive coverage of theoretical, cross-cultural, and evolutionary perspectives, "Children and Play" holds significant insights for parents, educators, and clinicians.

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About Peter K. Smith

Peter K. Smith is Professor of Psychology and Head of the Unit for School and Family Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is co-author of Understanding Children's Development and co-editor of The Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development and of The Nature of Play: Great Apes and Humans . He has written widely on children's play, especially pretend play training, and rough-and-tumble play.

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