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ERIC Number: EJ757271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1045-4853
Understanding the Importance of Play in Physical Education
Clements, Rhonda
Teaching Elementary Physical Education, v16 n2 p9-12 Mar 2005
While most child development experts acknowledge there is no universally agreed upon definition of children's play, there is general agreement that a lack of play, commonly known as "play deprivation" in play theories and research, can greatly stifle the child's normal healthy development. Therefore, the need for daily play experiences and daily physical education classes is a mutual concern of both settings, and professionals in play and physical education benefit from shared knowledge. It can be possible for physical educators to remain advocates for freely chosen play activities such as those enjoyed by earlier generations, but the first step is to dispel common myths that perpetuate misunderstandings concerning play. Therefore, the primary goal of this article is to provide information and activities that address 10 common myths physical educators encounter on a regular basis. The information should help decrease any future tendency to "cringe" when play and physical education are discussed as having similar goals. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A