ERIC Number: EJ867205
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
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Play under Siege: A Historical Overview
Zigler, Edward F.; Bishop-Josef, Sandra J.
Zero to Three (J), v30 n1 p4-11 Sep 2009
In this updated version of their chapter from "Children's Play: The Roots of Reading" (published by ZERO TO THREE in 2004), the authors describe the recent attack on play, in both early childhood and elementary education. They provide a historical overview of the contentious relationship between play and cognitive development. The authors stress the necessity of a whole child approach, including an appreciation for the essential role of play for cognitive, social, and physical development. Quality preschool education, they conclude, requires pursuing both hands-on, play-based learning and developmentally appropriate instruction of academic skills.
Descriptors: Play, Elementary Education, Preschool Education, Physical Development, Cognitive Development, Young Children, Child Development, Holistic Approach, Social Development, Experiential Learning, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
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