ERIC Number: ED171678
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Play, Games and Sport: Developmental Implications for Young People.
Coakley, Jay J.
A brief review is presented of the structural differences between play, games, and sport activities and the subjective experiences of young participants. Three contexts were examined--spontaneous play, informal games, and organized team sports. Findings suggested that patterns of experiences varied according to the context in which they occurred. The motives for participation, the dynamics of the activities, the meanings assigned to experiences, and the implications of the subjective experiences were different for each of the settings. The experience in spontaneous play and informal games emphasized interpersonal skills, creativity, cooperation, negotiation, and compromise. Organized sports, on the other hand, emphasized a knowledge and dependence on strict rules and the acceptance of the decisions of others in positions of legitimate authority. The implications for social development in each of these kinds of activity are discussed. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (New Orleans, March 15-20, 1979)