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Play = Learning : How Play Motivates and Enhances Children's Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth: How Play Motivates and Enhances Children's Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth Paperback – 24 Sep 2009

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (24 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199733821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199733828
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 2 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"Early childhood educators are well aware of the importance of play in children's lives. This volume is a wonderful collection of chapters by eminent authors, who have thought deeply about play and young children's learning. Readers will find it challenging, provocative, reassuring, and enormously satisfying."―Barbara Bowman, Erikson Institute

"In the current era of scientifically-based education and accountability, this book fills a critical gap in the knowledge base―providing an extensive research review of all the ways play enhances learning and development for all children, including those with special needs. This book should help teachers, administrators, teacher educators, and policy makers go beyond the either/or debates of the past. The evidence is clear―children need both hands-on, educationally enriching play experiences and teacher instruction."―Sue Bredekamp, Ph.D., Director of Research, Council for Professional Recognition, Washington, DC, and Former Director of Professional Development, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

"This is a stunning and important book. The authors do more for play than anyone since Vygotsky. In the earliest years, play lays the groundwork for imitative learning, simulation, and contributes to socio-emotional growth. By the third and fourth years, play becomes a critical avenue by which the child experiments with virtual realities and explores future possibilities. Play is sometimes undervalued in the increasingly high-pressured world of child-rearing. This volume transforms how we think about play and is essential reading for developmental psychologists, practitioners, policymakers, and all those who wish to enhance the lives of children."―Andrew N. Meltzoff, co-author, The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About theMind

"In this wonderful book on play, a variety of leading researchers and scholars in the play and child development area review how play helps children develop and learn. There is a special focus on play and the learning process which involves the whole child. This book provides a fresh and up-to-date look at play and areas of adaptive functioning such as literacy, mathematics, and self-regulation. This is a much needed and timely book, as our culture is de-emphasizing the importance of play. Many authors discuss implications of play research for public policy. This book tells us why we, as a society, need to provide time, space, and guidance for children to play."―Sandra W. Russ, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Case Western Reserve University --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

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 development, television effects on youth, and parent training in imaginative play, she has written 20 books and over 150 articles. Her latest books with Jerome L. Singer are Handbook of Children and the Media, Make-Believe: Games and Activities for Imaginative Play, and Imagination and Play in the Electronic Age. She co-edited, with Edward F. Zigler and Sandra J.Bishop-Josef, Children's Play: Roots of Reading, which was selected for CHOICE's Outstanding Academic Title list. She co-authored, with Kathy Kirsh-Pasek, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, and Laura E. Berk, A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence (OUP 2009).

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Call to Action for Today's Tech Driven, Uber-Regimented Society Eroding the Journey of Childhood! 19 Mar. 2014
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I was first introduced to these absolutely wonderful authors when I started raving about their other book, "Einstein Never Used Flashcards", in my national Socially Speaking(tm) Seminars, which I took on the road in 2010. Both that book and this one are amongst my favorites on this subject. They're on my keeper shelf for one simple reason; Truth! This book is a compilation of variations of that truth, that Play=Learning, told from the different perspectives of the different contributors. It makes for a fascinating read, filled with practical implications for bringing play back to the forefront of educators' and parents' minds, ESPECIALLY in the special needs/Autism community.

There is even a section addressing play skills for these populations, well worth the read! I personally really liked Chapter 5; Make Believe Play, and Chapter 10; Computer as a Paintbrush-fitting the media into the play schema for today's student. This book has something for EVERYONE; the history and psychology of play, ramifications of play for early literacy development, and lessons we've learned from the American Head Start Program.

I highly recommend this excellent book, and will go so far as to suggest reading their other excellent one too, around the same time-for the full effect :) You will gain SO much by doing so, ESPECIALLY if you are in the special education arena fighting as a parent and/or professional for grants, services/therapy, time, and the right to let children play! Education is a process, done through the work of childhood-play; something we seem to have forgotten. This book helps us be reminded, and I hope more people read it! I sincerely thank the authors for their contributions, which have impacted so many, knowingly or unknowingly. It's helped me help children in need, and deserves more notice! Kudos!

Penina Rybak MA/CCC-SLP, TSHH
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book for all types of readers! 14 Oct. 2016
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An excellent read. It is well understood by a well educated person as well as a layman. Such excellent and well cited points. It has given me great insight into my children's development and thought processes when it comes to learning.
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