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ERIC Number: ED405101
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Meaning of Play: Perspectives from Pacific Oaks College.
Lakin, Mary Beth
Graduate students enrolled in the play-based Curriculum Research Seminar at Pacific Oaks College (Pasadena) observed and wrote about how children began play and carried out various themes in early childhood settings, and how teachers encouraged or discouraged play themes. Findings indicated that some students related play to issues of bias, development, stress, and creativity. This paper examines the meaning of play as viewed by these students and the role of play within faculty members' interests in progressive education, human development, developmentally appropriate practice, arts in education, emergent curriculum, therapeutic settings, and bicultural, multiethnic contexts. A large portion of the paper examines how the seminar faculty and the college community studied and supported play by: (1) creating an art studio that gave children opportunities to play with different media; (2) examining the role of play within the emergent curriculum; (3) exploring the theory that play is a context for developing and revealing the child's sense of community; and (4) focusing on the play of bicultural children, teachers' response to that play, and cultural perspectives regarding the role of play in learning. (KDFB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A