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ERIC Number: ED098246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov-16
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Life! Through Play.
Van Anne, Nancy
This speech presents a review of research concerning the nature of play. Some of the formal characteristics of play are: (a) it is distinct from ordinary life in its "temporariness" and its limitless location; (b) there is an element of tension in play that leads to uncertainty concerning the outcome but at the same time provides the opportunity to test the player's prowess against the rules of the game; (c) even though it is removed from real life, play is quite serious; and (d) play is a voluntary activity that is spontaneous and pleasurable. Informal aspects of play are also cited as described by various writers. The reason man plays is an inner "need" to play--to seek meaning in life by testing himself, by being free with himself, by seeing what is inside himself. The author gives the following reasons as to why the concept of play is important for physical educators: (a) if physical education programs are to contribute to the well-being of children, youth, and adults, then any program of sports and games must be infused with the joyful inner-directed play element; (b) if the need for integration and self-actualization is so great in our society, and if games and sport can enhance the possibility of man's self-awareness, then a basic task of physical education must be to maximize the opportunities for these types of occurrences. (JA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented to the Wyoming Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (Laramie, Wyoming, November 1974)