ERIC Number: ED172961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Biological Imperative of Play: Form and Function in Primates and Other Animals.
Piers, Maria W.
This presentation underscores the importance of play and outlines a theory of play in terms of ego-psychology and a broadly defined concept of culture. Play is described as the royal road to the collective ego called "culture." At the same time play also enables aspects and parts of culture to be changed. While children should be encouraged to learn through playfulness (curiosity, spontaneity and hands-on involvement with fascinating objects and materials), such playfulness can come about only if the player is given both leeway and limits. The importance of a mother's playful interaction with her child is emphasized. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on the Vital Role of Play in Learning, Development and Survival (1st, April, 1979)