International Perspectives on Children's Play

International Perspectives on Children's Play

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This delightful book gives a glimpse into the rich and diverse play and playful activities of children across developing, recently developed and developed societies. Analysing children's play across many different cultural communities around the globe, each chapter discusses children's play as an activity important for formal and informal education, mental health and childhood well-being, and children's hobbies and past-times. Traditional, modern, and postmodern play forms are discussed and probed for their meaning within a contemporary global community. Richly illustrated throughout with vignettes, the book encourages you to critically evaluate the functions that play serves for indigenous cultures and the problems that arise due to the globalization of educational and social resources. International Perspectives on Play is compelling reading for students studying play within early years, early childhood or childhood studies or playwork courses. Jaipaul L. Roopnarine is Jack Reilly Professor of Child and Family Studies and Director Jack Reilly Institute for Early Childhood at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA. Michael M.Patte is Professor of Education at Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA, USA. James E. Johnson is Professor of Early Childhood Education at The Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA. David Kuschner is Associate Professor Emeritus of Early Childhood Education at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA. This welcome volume brings together new scholarship on culturally situated play in 16 diverse global contexts. The child rights-based foundation of the volume and nuanced perspectives are a powerful counter-narrative to the narrowing construction of childhood to one of academic readiness and test scores. The authors' collective narratives and research will contribute to many disciplines concerned about children, childhoods, culture and policy. Dr. Elizabeth Swadener, professor of Justice and Social Inquiry and associate director of the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University In this research-based book, four international play scholars organize, author, and edit the work of their academic peers to weave a historical, developmental, cultural account of children's play around the globe.They examine the 'culturally constituted' child and explore first-hand accounts of real children's play in real places, extracting novel perspectives about historical and socio-cultural traditions and contexts for play. Here is the evidence that adults who influence children need for deeper understanding of play and developmental approaches to child rearing and early education. Scholars, teachers, parents, policy makers- this book is for you! Joe L. Frost, Parker Centennial Professor Emeritus University of Texas and Author of A History of Children's Play and Play Environments This timely and outstanding volume addresses the influences that shape children's play experiences in diverse cultural contexts. The inclusive chapters thematically explore how parental beliefs, socialization practices, cultural change, technology, and other factors shape children's play at home, school, and in the community. This volume makes a wonderful contribution to our understanding of play as a universal yet culture-specific activity that serves as a learning context and guides children's developmental outcomes.The selection of varied geographic regions and cultural groups that receive scant attention make this text a unique contribution to the field. Readers interested in children's experiences, cultural psychology, early childhood education, and anthropology will find this text stimulating and rewarding. Dr. Robyn Holmes, Professor of Psychology at Monmouth Universityshow more

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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 170 x 238 x 18mm | 479.99g
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0335262880
  • 9780335262885
  • 1,155,361

Table of contents

About the editors List of contributors Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1: Play as culturally situated: Diverse perspectives on its meaning and significance by Jaipul L. Roopnarine Part One: Americas and the Caribbean Chapter 2: Yucatec Maya children's play by Suzanne Gaskins Chapter 3:Brazilian children at play: Reviewing relationships between play and culture by Yumi Gosso, Ilka D. Bichara, and Ana M. A. Carvalhol Chapter 4: Play in Caribbean cultural communities by Jaipaul L. Roopnarine Chapter 5:The ecology of play among young children of Mexican origin seasonal farmworkers by Smita Mathur Chapter 6: The play behaviour of African American children: The need for a cultural prism by Janice E. Hale and Erika L. Bocknek Chapter 7: Play and Asian American children by Eunjoo Jung Chapter 8: Traditional Native American children's play: The nature-culture connection by Michelle Buchanan and Margaret Cooney Part Two: Africa Chapter 9: Take me to the (dry) river: Children's play in Turkana pastoralist communities of Kenya By John Teria Ng'asike Part Three: Asia and the Pacific region Chapter 10: Understanding Chinese children's play via constructing and reconstructing: A prospective vision by Pei-Yu Chang Chapter 11:Japanese preschoolers rule the classroom through play by Satomi-Izumi-Taylor and Yoko Ito Chapter 12:'Children's work is to play': Beliefs and practices related to childhood play among Indians by Nandita Chaudhary and Shashi Shukla Chapter 13: 'Woolloomooloo and cross the Domain': Australian children's play by Gwenda Beed Davey Part Four: Europe and Turkey Chapter 14: Play in a Swedish preschool context by Anne Lillvist and Annette Sangberg Chapter 15: The capture of play within policy discourses: A critical analysis of the UK frameworks for early childhood education by Elizabeth Wood Chapter 16: Children's play in the Estonian context by Aino Ugaste and Rain Mikser Chapter 17: Play in Turkish cultural context by Asiye Ivrendi and Nesrin Isikoglu Erdogan Synthesis Chapter 18: Synthesis and prospectives on 21st century play around the world by David Kuschner Indexshow more

About Jaipaul L. Roopnarine

Jaipaul L. Roopnarine is Jack Reilly Professor of Child and Family Studies and Director of the Jack Reilly Institute for Early Childhood at Syracuse University, New York, USA. Michael M. Patte is Professor of Education at Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania, USA James E. Johnson is Professor of Early Childhood Education at The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, USA. David Kuschner is Associate Professor Emeritus of Early Childhood Education at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, more

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