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ERIC Number: ED049833
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Pages: 26
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A Descriptive Account of Four Modes of Children's Play Between One and Five Years.
Sutton-Smith, Brian
The present descriptions of play of children two to five are based on the theory that the four processes of understanding include four different emphases: (1) imitation, (2) exploration, (3) prediction, and (4) construction (building, etc.). Therefore, the categories of children's play discussed are transformations of each of these types. Play is a reversal of the usual adaptive behavior sequences and permits the subject more variation and control over the instrumental behavior within these sequences. Play, while not always self-evident, usually occurs in a space set aside for toys and play activity at established times after adult-required activities, and is accompanied by signs of pleasure, relaxation, and excitement. Play is voluntary and often includes role playing. The observer of play must note who is being portrayed, what acts are being expressed, and what the setting and time are within the play activity. The categories included in this paper deal only with self-play as distinguished from social play. Extensive descriptions of play at specific ages make up most of the document. (AJ)
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Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers College.