Originally published in 1986, in this compendium of recent research on children’s play, acknowledged experts review the latest methodologies and ideas, examine salient problems, and reveal the application of current knowledge in several areas of professional practice at the time. Exciting new results embracing a wide area of investigation – the development and measurement of play in young children, the training of symbolic play, play and learning with computers, language play, play and handicapped children, play therapy, and outdoor play – will still be of considerable interest to teachers, nursery and day care personnel, social workers and students of psychology and education.
Table of Contents
Introduction. 1. Play Research and its Applications: A Current Perspective Peter K. Smith 2. The Origins of Exploratory Play Larry Fenson and Robert E. Schell 3. Play in Young Children: Problems of Definition, Categorisation and Measurement Peter K. Smith, Mehri Takhvar, Neil Gore and Ralph Vollstedt 4. Training of Symbolic Play James F. Christie 5. Language Play Stan A. Kuczaj II 6. Play and Learning with Computers Tony Simon 7. Changing Beliefs about Play and Handicapped Children Roy McConkey 8. Play Therapy Charles E. Schaefer 9. Outdoor Play and Play Equipment Heather Naylor. Notes on Contributors. Author Index. Subject Index.