ERIC Number: ED464763
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
The Role of Pretend Play in Children's Cognitive Development.
Early Childhood Research & Practice, v4 n1 Spr 2002
Noting that there is a growing body of evidence supporting the many connections between cognitive competence and high-quality pretend play, this article defines the cluster of concepts related to pretend play and cognition, and briefly synthesizes the latest research on the role of such play in children's cognitive, social, and academic development. The article notes that there is growing evidence to suggest that high-quality pretend play is an important facilitator of perspective taking and later abstract thought, that it may facilitate higher-level cognition, and that there are clear links between pretend play and social and linguistic competence. The article also notes that there is still a great need for research on the relationship between high-quality pretend play and development of specific academic skills. The article concludes with a discussion of the challenges and potential policy directions suggested by the research findings. (Contains 44 references.) (Author/HTH)
Descriptors: Behavioral Science Research, Cognitive Development, Linguistic Competence, Play, Pretend Play, Research Needs, Social Development, Young Children
For full text: http://ecrp.uiuc.edu/v4n1/index.html.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Early Childhood Research & Practice: An Internet Journal on the Development, Care, and Education of Young Children, Spring 2002; see PS 030 400. Published biannually.