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ERIC Number: EJ1016058
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1938-0399
Talking It Up: Play, Language Development, and the Role of Adult Support
Weisberg, Deena Skolnick; Zosh, Jennifer M.; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick
American Journal of Play, v6 n1 p39-54 Fall 2013
Play helps children learn language, the authors claim, and they review the evidence for it. They suggest that play benefits children's language development because it incorporates many of the socially interactive and cognitive elements known to enhance language skills. Although much of this evidence proves correlational, they point to a series of recent intervention studies that offer evidence of a key variable linking play and language: adult support. In particular, guided play during which adults scaffold child-initiated learning seems ideal for developing language skills. Based on this evidence, they argue that understanding the efficacy of play for learning requires paying careful attention to the type of play involved and to its results.
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Language: English
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