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ERIC Number: ED320686
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 17
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Play and Its Role in the Social Development of Young Children.
Feng, Jianhua
This paper reviews theories of play and discusses the relationship between children's play and social development. The paper begins with a discussion of an educator's concern that young children in modern China have decreased the amount of their play due to pressure from the family to acquire academic skills. The review of major theories of play addresses theories developed before World War I, which are termed classical, and those developed after the war, termed modern. Five descriptive characteristics of play viewed as critical to the definition of play are listed. The research reviewed indicates that training in group dramatic play can result in gains in social skills and perspective-taking. But research findings leave unanswered questions about which aspects of play are primarily responsible for developmental gains. Implications of the research for early childhood education are pointed out. These concern the provision of an environment conducive to play and the use of play tutoring to promote social play. Directions for future research are suggested. (RH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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