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ERIC Number: ED168693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Dynamics of Work and Play: An Historical Analysis and Future Implications.
Baer, Neal A.
This paper traces selected sociological, anthropological and psychological interpretations of work and play and their implications for classroom practice. Conflict theorists' views of the impact of industrialization on the family and the school and the increasing separation of the worlds of play and work are counterposed to functionalist models of schooling as social integration and socialization. Research which tests the theory of education as social reproduction of class differences is discussed. The emergent role of specialists in the helping professions and their reform of educational practice, core ideas of neo-Freudian perspectives, and anthropological theory and research on play and schooling are briefly reviewed. It is noted that while the dynamics of work and play in the classroom remain largely unexplored, the traditional dichotomy between work and play is unsound. An instructional sequence of play, work and more play, which begins in loosely structured, highly motivating messing around, moves to disciplined, directed and productive work and flows into playful, creative release, is advocated. (RH)
Publication Type: Historical Materials
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Language: English
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