ERIC Number: ED227952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar-5
Reference Count: 0
The Meaning and Function of Early Childhood Play.
McNamee, Gillian Dowley
This paper discusses the meaning and formation of children's play in order to (1) deepen understanding and respect for what play is, (2) demonstrate how young children cannot thrive or survive without play, and (3) give a common framework for interpreting and deriving meaning from the play behavior that occurs in the daily lives of young children. Described first are six major functions that play serves in childhood. The role that adults need to assume in relation to children's play is next discussed: it is contended that development is possible only when significant adults in a child's life provide adequate protection and nurturing and then allow the child to have what E. Eibesbeldt has described as "experimental dialogues with the environment" (in other words, opportunities to play). (MP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the conference "Being with Children - A Psychoanalytic Perspective" sponsored by the Psychoanalytic Foundation of Minneapolis, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN, March 5, 1983).