ERIC Number: ED241467
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Learning in a Cooperative Play Community.
The need is present for children to "unlearn" to play in a competitive and unsupportive environment and to return to natural and cooperative ways of playing. The advantage of a noncompetitive play structure is that it provides ground where players practice interacting and speaking supportively and appreciatively to each other. Players are then able to extend this support to other parts of their lives. Persons are naturally cooperative until they are taught otherwise. And, in cooperative play experiences, individuals are encouraged to be spontaneous and to move outside of their social roles, so they can have real choices in their lives. Educating children to their own power and supporting them in specific cooperative activities enhances the quest for learning. Through these experiences, one sets realistic goals for behavior that utilizes democratic decision-making and a desire to improve rather than prove one's abilities. (Author/JMK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Play and Play Environments (Austin, TX, July 1983) and at the Leisure Research Symposium of the National Recreation and Park Association (Kansas City, MO, October 1983). In: Journal of Recreation and Leisure, S.W. District of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Vol. 3, No. 1, Fall 1983.